A MAN serving a 13-year sentence after he killed a Dundalk teenager in an unprovoked attack two years ago has been convicted of drink-driving.
Douglas (Dougie) Ward, 36, of Loughantarve, Knockbridge, Co Louth, and of Great Meadow Way, Stamullen, in Meath pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to drink driving on January 2, 2012, at Drogheda Street in Balbriggan. He further pleaded guilty to driving without a driving licence and driving the vehicle with no NCT.
Father-of-three Ward, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Niall Dorr (18) and was sentenced last December at the Central Criminal Court to 16 years with the final three suspended, was brought to the court from Mountjoy prison.
Ward had attacked, punched and kicked Mr Dorr “like a rag doll”, bouncing his head off the road several times following an unprovoked attack on October 13, 2010 at Castle Road, Dundalk. Ward had been in the town that morning to answer a bail hearing at Dundalk court.
Inspector Declan Yates gave evidence at the hearing in Balbriggan District Court that Ward gave a breath sample of 86mg/100ml after he was arrested by gardai on suspicion of drink-driving. He also told the court that Ward has 13 previous road traffic offences.
Judge Dermot Desmond convicted Ward for drink-driving and disqualified him from driving for six months. He took the rest of the road traffic offences into consideration.