Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cheers as driver found guilty of manslaughter after 'role model' teen (19) killed in deadly crash

Parents James and Ann Gorman, whose son John (19) was killed in December 2015, are pictured outside Tullamore Circuit Court
Parents James and Ann Gorman, whose son John (19) was killed in December 2015, are pictured outside Tullamore Circuit Court

Eoghan McConnell

A Polish man who drove into the path of an oncoming car killing a teenager and injuring the youngster's brother in Co Offaly was found guilty of manslaughter and assault at Tullamore Circuit Court.

Dariusz Alchimionek (43) of Barrow Way, Spa Street, Portarlington, Co Laois, had denied the manslaughter of John Gorman (19) and a charge of assault causing harm to Adam Gorman - who was 16 at the time of the collision - at Ballycrystal, Geashill, Co Offaly, on December 29, 2015.

However, a jury returned a majority verdict of 11 to one on both counts after two hours and 50 minutes of deliberation.

Mr Gorman's parents James and Ann Gorman and other family members hugged and cheered as the verdicts were read out. Speaking outside the courthouse, Mr Gorman revealed he had twice written to the DPP requesting an original recommended charge of dangerous driving causing death be changed to manslaughter.

"We are just absolutely thrilled with the outcome," said a tearful Mr Gorman. "He was a role model, he won a role model of the year award out of 140 students in Coláiste Íosagáin in 2015."

"He loved helping us," John's mother Ann said.

Mr Gorman said when he heard the original charge being recommended was dangerous driving causing death, "I wrote to the DPP twice in my own words, asking them to review it to a manslaughter charge and they did".

Prosecution counsel Tara Burns SC said the accused had suddenly crossed the road into the path of an oncoming car driven by John Gorman at Ballycrystal "leaving them with no possibility of avoiding this car".

She said John Gorman died at the scene and his brother suffered significant injuries. The brothers had been returning home to Walsh Island from Tullamore at the time.

Irish Independent

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