The notorious Gateshead villain suffered serious injuries when he crashed on a dirt bike
Notorious villain Robert McKegney was badly injured when he crashed a dirt bike he didn’t have a license to ride.
McKegney, formerly known as Webber, was with Christopher Eade in a car that killed Felling retiree Jimmy Mulligan in 2002. He was never charged and his pal has not been convicted.
Over the years, he racked up nearly 100 convictions for violence, misconduct and dishonesty. Today, he is back in court for a new series of crimes when he was already under a suspended prison sentence.
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Newcastle Crown Court heard that in December last year he stole beer and cigarettes from a convenience store in Low Fell, Gateshead and when arrested in January was in possession of film of heroin. He pleaded guilty to theft and drug possession.
He was released on bail for this when he committed the driving offenses on March 20. Prosecuting Jane Waugh said: “Police attended Gateshead following a road accident report.
“They found the defendant lying, injured, being treated by paramedics, having started and crashed his dirt bike, which had been removed from the scene by an unknown third party.
“Officers found him in his home and saw he had recent damage and blood on him.” McKegney was taken to hospital and police took a blood sample while he was unconscious, which he later refused them permission to analyze. He admitted to driving other than in accordance with a licence, not having insurance and not providing a specimen.
Having again been released on bail, he caused damage to the door of a Nationwide branch in Sunderland. He was initially charged with attempted burglary, but prosecutors accepted his plea of criminal harm.
The 40-year-old, from Wardle Gardens, Felling, Gateshead, who has 96 previous convictions, was given a suspended sentence at the time, imposed in February last year after a series of burglaries including making their way through an elderly couple’s home using a paving slab.
For the latest offences, Judge Stephen Earl extended the suspended sentence by adding additional rehabilitation days and imposing a 12-month community order. He was also banned from driving for 12 months.
Judge Earl told him: “This is your last chance saloon. I have taken into account that you had a horrific accident which hopefully is a salutary lesson in this sort of offence.
“I am ready to say that you have one more chance. I can only repeat the words of the Bible: ‘Go and sin no more’.”
Rachel Hedworth, defending, said: “He suffers from a plethora of mental health issues. There has been a drop in the frequency and severity of his offenses. These are all very low on the scale of offences, it’s petty offenses related to substance abuse.”
Miss Hedworth said McKegney had a troubled childhood and was introduced to drugs aged 13.