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Friday 25 July 2014

Man who killed teenager convicted of drink driving

Published 16/01/2013|09:45

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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.

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Douglas (Dougie) Ward, 36, of Loughantarve, Knockbridge, and also with an address at Great Meadow Way, Stamullen, County Meath pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to drink driving on January 2, last year, at Drogheda Street, 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.

Inspector Declan Yates gave evidence at the hearing in Balbriggan District Court that Ward gave a breath sample that showed he was over the legal limit.

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.

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