Scooters And One Wheels

Tyrone Man, 22, charged after an electrical scooter was stolen and handcuffed to a automotive

This is the man charged in connection with an incident where an electric scooter was stolen, tied to a car, and driven down a country road.

Athair Hughes of Blackbog Road in Greencastle, County Tyrone, was charged with stealing £ 570 worth of electric scooter, damaging the scooter, committing dangerous driving and mobile phone driving.

He is said to have committed the crimes on October 24th.

The 22-year-old is accused of picking up the scooter that had to be destroyed outside a store in Ballygawley and appeared in Omagh County Court earlier this month.

Video footage, which was widely shared on social media, showed a man attaching the scooter to the back of a car before leaving.

In a second video that was recorded in the car, several men can be heard laughing.

The vehicle was then seen pulling to the side of the road where the scooter detached before being knocked over as the men could hear laughing.


Mobility scooters from outside a store in Ballygawley in October

Mobility scooters from outside a store in Ballygawley in October

A PSNI spokesman at the time said the scooter was “found beyond repair” before adding, “This was obviously a very excruciating ordeal for the victim.”

At the time, SDLP Councilor Sharon McAleer described what had happened as “immature and inconsiderate”.

“The whole community was disgusted by the act,” she said.

“The man is well preserved. He is an older member of the community and does not harm anyone. People are very angry with him.

“That everyone would target anyone with a disability, take such an action. It was just a terrible act. “

Ms. McAleer said the ward is now “just glad” the man received a replacement scooter.

Cathair Hughes will reappear in Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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