Sunday 24 September 2017

Irishman jailed for almost three years over Australian car crash

Colm Reilly and Kiara Duncan died after Eamon Driver crashed in 2007 before leaving the country

Eamonn Driver (29)
Eamonn Driver (29)
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AN Irishman has been jailed for almost three years over a crash which caused the deaths of two people in Australia.

Eamonn Driver (31) From Slane in Co Meath was hospitalised following the car crash which led to the deaths of Colm Reilly (20) and Kiara Duncan (22) in Perth.

The fatal accident happened in the suburb of Bedford in October 2007.

He was driving the car which crossed the road, overturned onto its roof and crashed into an oncoming car driven by a 63-year-old woman, who emerged unscathed.

Driver returned to Ireland in November 2007, before any charges were brought against him.

In 2009, he failed to appear in a Perth court to face charges which were made in his absence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

An extradition order was granted last year by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

Driver had six passengers in the hatchback at the time and had been drinking beforehand.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Judge Richard Keen told the court that Driver had displayed egregious disregard for the safety of himself and others.

He was sentenced to two years and 50 weeks in prison.

He will be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

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