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Man jailed in Hungary for fatal crash to serve sentence here

Jerome Reilly

Published 18/01/2014|02:30

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Ciaran Tobin

The businessman sent to prison in Hungary for knocking down and killing two children returned to Dublin last night to complete his sentence.

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Ciaran Tobin (49) has been in prison in Hungary for just a few days and was flown home to Ireland to finish his sentence after agreement between authorities in the two countries.

Tobin, pictured, who worked for Irish Life in Budapest, lost control of his company Volvo in the city of Leanyfalu, near Budapest, on April 9 2000 and mounted the pavement while trying to avoid another car.

His car hit Marton Zoltai (5) who was standing on the pavement, and his two-year-old sister Petra, who was in a pram. Both children died instantly.

A lengthy legal battle followed with Tobin's legal team resisting attempts for him to be extradited to Hungary.

Tobin, who lives in Sutton, Dublin, with his wife and three children, returned to Hungary this week for five days in custody.

After the fatal car accident in 2000 Mr Tobin returned to Ireland. However, a Hungarian court sentenced him in his absence to between two and three years. The sentence was later reduced to 18 months, but Tobin won two appeals in Ireland to avoid his extradition.

Last March Mr Tobin said he would voluntarily enter prison in Ireland and would be willing to serve a small portion of his sentence in Hungary.

Irish Independent

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