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Saturday 21 April 2018

Chef Dundon struggles to cope with 'leniency' shown to killer driver

Chef Kevin Dundon
Chef Kevin Dundon
Maria O'Shea with Soren (11) and Connor (3
Saoirse (9)
Danish driver Lasse Burholt.
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

CELEBRITY chef Kevin Dundon has told of how his entire family will struggle to get through Christmas following what they feel is a lenient sentence for the Danish man who killed his nephews and niece in a car crash.

Lasse Burholt (39) was driving at 125kmh in an 80kmh zone last July when he collided with a car driven by Dundon's sister-in-law, Maria O'Shea, killing three of her four children – Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and three-year-old Connor.

Maria and her husband, Brian O'Shea, were visiting Denmark from their home in Australia at the time. Maria and the couple's youngest child, seven-month-old Torben, survived the crash.

HEARTBROKEN

Burholt was found guilty last week of involuntary manslaughter, fined €1,340 and given a three-year conditional driving suspension. Dundon, who is married to Brian's sister, Catherine, said they were all heartbroken by the lack of remorse shown by Burholt, and were going through a "horrific" time.

The Wexford-based chef said Burholt's sentence "doesn't really mean anything".

"It's been horrendous," Dundon said. "We've got so many letters from people wishing us well and we really appreciate it, as it's very hard to take it on board.

"As far as we're concerned, it's outrageous. The gentleman has shown no remorse at all or apologised in any shape or form. And the three children were the most beautiful children you'd ever meet in your life. They spent a lot of time with us in Dunbrody. We were very close. It's unbelievable to think we'll never see them again."

Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on 'The Saturday Night Show', Dundon added: "It will be extremely difficult for Brian and Maria to go back to Australia. I don't know if they're going to go back. Everybody's distraught."

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