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Boy (16) who bought car for €400 jailed over crash that killed his friend

Declan Conlon

Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30

Dayne Cody
Dayne Cody
The scene of the fatal crash. Inset: Dayne Cody
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A 16-year-old who bought a car for €400 on Donedeal.ie and crashed it later that day, killing his friend, has been sentenced to 16 months' detention.

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The boy, who was 15 at the time and cannot be named because he is a minor, was sentenced yesterday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The deceased Dayne Cody, described in court as a "good friend" of the boy, was also 15.

Three other teenage boys were in the back seat at the time, one of whom had to have 90pc of one foot amputated. The other boys had minor injuries.

The underage driver had used his birthday money to buy a 2002 Kia Magentis from a seller in Swords, Co Dublin.

The teenager entered a fake name and address in to the car's logbook.

He drove the car back home to Ballyfermot in West Dublin and met his friends, including Dayne. The group went to buy a new car battery and then went out in the car to get petrol.

The driver lost control of the car when he saw a garda vehicle and sped up in panic. The car spun into a tree at high speed, killing Dayne Cody instantly.

The boy pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death at Station Road, Clondalkin, on December 20, 2014, as well as driving without a licence or insurance.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed four years detention and suspended all but 16 months of the term.

Irish Independent

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