Wanted Derry man convicted of murder has license revoked

Wanted Derry man convicted of murder has license revoked
Wanted Derry man convicted of murder has license revoked

A Derry man convicted of murder in 2007 and who has been wanted by police since August 2023 after his license was revoked has appeared at the local Magistrate’s Court today.

Sean Cruickshank (35) of Lisane Drive in Derry appeared charged with resisting and obstructing police on May 11 and also two charges of possessing drugs on the same date.

The court heard that police were called to a report of two intoxicated men near the Ballymagroarty Community Centre.

One was identified as Cruickshank who was wanted by police since his license was revoked last year.

Police attended and Cruickshank was seen in an alleyway and when he was approached by police he gave a false name.

He was then arrested for an assault charge from October last year and then ran off before being taken to the ground by police.

While on the ground Pregablin tablets fell from his pocket and a subsequent search a Xanax tablet was found.

The police officer said while being arrested Cruickshank was ‘quite animated and shouting’.

He admitted possessing the drugs and said they were for personal use.

Defense solicitor Seamus Quigley said that Cruickshank had been ‘evading the authorities’ but added that he had been doing it by ‘staying out of trouble.’

District Judge Barney McElholm sentenced Cruickshank to three months in prison.

The defendant had been given a life sentence after being convicted along with another man of the murder of a 19-year-old Donegal man Liam Anthony Devlin on August 4, 2007.

Following his conviction the court set a tariff of 11 years as the minimum Cruickshank had to serve before being considered for release.

After his license was revoked the PSNI issued an appeal for his whereabouts and warned the public not to approach Cruickshank.

Cruickshank‘s solicitor Seamus Quigley said that it would now be up to the parole commissioners to decide how long his client would remain in prison.

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