Wednesday 21 February 2018

Driver guilty of manslaughter of three Irish children fined €1,300

Maria O’Shea with sons Soren and Connor, who both lost their lives in the crash.
Maria O’Shea with sons Soren and Connor, who both lost their lives in the crash.
Saoirse O'Shea
Connor O'Shea
Soren O'Shea

A DANISH man has been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of three Irish children in a horror car crash in July.

Lasse Burholt (39) was driving at 125kmph in an 80kmph zone when he collided with a car carrying members of the O’Shea family who were visiting Denmark from their home in Australia.

Their parents, Dublin born Brian O’Shea and his Danish wife Maria were left devastated by the horrific collision that killed three of their children Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Connor (3).

A Danish court today found Burholt guilty of involuntary manslaughter and handed down a 10,000KR (€1,340) fine and a three-year conditional driving suspension.

Both Mr and Mrs O’Shea were in court in Hjorring to hear the verdict with Maria giving what has been described as a “very emotional” statement about the loss of her children.

Brian wasn’t in the Citroen Berlingo car when the accident occurred in North Jutland in July.

Maria was driving and was taking a left turn when Burholt’s vehicle slammed into the right-hand side of her car while he was travelling 45kmph over the speed limit.

Another child, seven-month-old Torben, survived the crash.

The family are related to celebrity chef Kevin Dundon who is married to Brian’s sister Catherine.

Prosecutors have told the Irish Independent that the conditional driving suspension handed down means that Burholt will be allowed back on the road after he passes a new driving test.

He will then face a three-year probationary period on his licence.

A prosecution spokesman said that a custodial sentence was not sought in the case as fines were the standard sentence in cases of this type in Denmark.

Cormac McQuinn

Online Editors

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