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'I won't personally be paying anything'

Published 05/11/2013 | 05:42

Lasse Burholt

THE SPEEDING driver of the car that killed three children - who are related to Dunbrody Country House chef Kevin Dundon - in a horror car crash has said that he won't personally pay any compensation.

Driver Lasse Burholt hit a car containing Maria O'Shea and her four children on July 16 in North Jutland, Denmark.

Burholt was driving at 125km/h in an 80km/h zone when he collided with Maria's car, killing Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Connor (3).

Maria, (who is Mr Dundon's wife Catherine's sister-in-law), survived along with nine-month-old baby Torben. Burholt walked free from a Danish court after being handed down a €1,340 fine and will be allowed on the road again if he passes a driving test after three years. But he told the Irish Independent that he would not personally pay all the O'Sheas' demand for compensation.

'The O'Sheas want a total of 1.7 million DKR (€228,000) from me, of which 1.1 million DKR (€147,000) is compensation for loss of income. But I won't pay that from my own pocket - that is up to the insurance companies,' said Burholt. He also said that although the fine he received in court last week for speeding was low, he had no control over it because it was the fine that was issued under Danish law. 'The fine is based on Danish laws, and it is low compared to the loss of three children,' he said.

Meanwhile, Maria O'Shea's husband Brian has said that police in Denmark were still claiming his wife was to blame for the crash, even though Burholt was found guilty of speeding.

Deputy chief prosecutor Torben Kauffmann Sorensen said that although police found that Burholt's speeding was the main cause of the accident, prosecutors had to take into account the left turn taken by Maria. Brian O'Shea, who was not in the car when it crashed, challenged Danish police to charge her if they thought she was at fault.

Mr O'Shea said that the main road Maria was turning on to was under reconstruction, so the traffic was diverted.

'Maria had to go down that diversion and make a left turn to go back to the route she was originally trying to go on,' he said.

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