Thursday 23 November 2017

Man jailed for eight years for dangerous driving causing death of woman

Sinead Maguire’s mother Lillian Maguire and her father Raymond Maguire outside court after Eric Wansboro received a eight and a half year jail sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Monday 18-05-2015.
Pic: Court Collins.
Sinead Maguire’s mother Lillian Maguire and her father Raymond Maguire outside court after Eric Wansboro received a eight and a half year jail sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Monday 18-05-2015. Pic: Court Collins.
Victim: Sinead Maguire

Declan Brennan

A man who was banned from driving when his dangerous driving caused the death of a back seat passenger has received a eight and a half year jail sentence.

Eric Wansboro (27) of Cherry Garth, Rivervalley, Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Sinead Maguire and serious bodily harm to Liam McDonagh at Fairview, north Dublin on May 29 2014.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that the only factor that caused the death and injuries was Wansboro’s driving.

The court heard that a witness estimated the car to be moving at a speed of 100 mph at a T junction with a speed limit of 50 kmph. Wansboro was trying to take the right turn but instead the car continued forward and hit a tree and a lamp post.

Read more here: Nieces’ tributes to ‘angel Sinead’ killed in smash  

A garda forensic investigator put the minimum speed at the point of impact at 82kmph.

The court heard that a post mortem carried out by Professor Marie Cassidy identified severe neck and spinal injuries as the cause of  Ms Maguire’s death.

Speaking outside the court Lillian Maguire, who suffers from Parkinson Disease, said her daughter was a caring fun filled person who was her carer.

Read more here: GSOC probing woman's death in car crash 

At the time of the crash Wansboro was serving a three year suspended sentence imposed by Judge Ring and had been banned from driving for ten years for an offence of driving a stolen car.

Judge Ring lifted this suspension today and imposed an additional term of five and a half years for the dangerous driving offence.

She backdated the sentence to January last when Wansboro went into custody

He has 29 previous convictions mostly for road traffic offences in incidents include driving while drunk and driving at speed while being pursued by gardai.

Read more here: Family mourns Sinead, ‘a funny and loving angel’ 

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