INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH DRIVER TO LEARN OF INCREASE IN JAIL TERM TODAY

December 7, 2015
Shaun Kelly appearing at a previous court sitting. Pic copyright Northwest Newspix.

Shaun Kelly appearing at a previous court sitting. Pic copyright Northwest Newspix.

A man who killed seven friends and a pensioner in the country’s worst road crash will find out today how much more of a jail sentence he must serve.

Shaun Kelly, 27, will have his sentence increased after the Court of Appeal ruled in October that the original sentence was unduly lenient.

Kelly of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, had pleaded guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men on a road between Clonmany and Buncrana on July 11 2010.

Giving the court’s judgment, Mr Justice George Birmingham said there were factors present in the case which “justified, indeed required” a sentence of lower than seven years.

However, the Circuit Court judge had erred in the “double discount” of mitigating the sentence from seven to four and suspending the final two years, Mr Justice Birmingham said.

He said the sentence represented a “substantial departure” from what would be appropriate.

He said Kelly was entitled to know “his fate” and the court hoped to be in a position to impose a new sentence on him today.

A DDP lawyer said a prolonged period of “deliberate” dangerous driving and, driving the way he had on that night, it was “emanently forseeable” that there would be multiple fatalities.

There were a large number of family members from both sides in court for the appeal – many of whom are also expected to be at today’s court appearance.


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