Mother's disgust as killer driver jailed for 18 months
The mother of a man whose death was caused by his best friend's dangerous driving has said she is disgusted with the sentence handed down to him.
Kevin McCarthy (23) was driving at around twice the speed limit when he entered a bend in the road near Brittas, Co Dublin. He lost control of the car and hit trees and a pole before the car flipped over and travelled 115 metres on its roof.
Thomas Carroll was a back seat passenger in the car. Family and friends, who were present during the hearing yesterday, walked out en masse when Judge Pauline Codd imposed a sentence of four years with two-and-a-half years suspended.
McCarthy, of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty on a previous date at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of dangerous driving causing the death of 21-year-old Mr Carroll on the N81 on May 29, 2014. McCarthy has 73 previous convictions.
They include one for careless driving and offences of driving a car with no NCT and driving without insurance. The majority of his other convictions are for road traffic offences.
McCarthy took the stand to make a tearful apology to the victim's family, telling them: "I'm very, very sorry for all that happened."
Judge Codd said that sentencing was not an exercise in vengeance or an act of retaliation. She said that McCarthy had acknowledged fully his responsibility and his remorse was great. She said the sense of loss had deeply affected him and noted that he had said he would never forgive himself.
Speaking outside the courthouse the victim's mother Nicola Carroll said: "We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland. A year and a half is simply not enough for our beloved son, brother and daddy to our granddaughter Kayla who will grow up without her daddy.
"Kevin McCarthy will walk free in 18 months and live his life as normal while we will suffer a life sentence."