Sunday 17 November 2019

Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing death of toddler and newborn baby

Ann Healy

A 41-year-old man will be sentenced on Friday for causing the deaths of two baby sisters in a road collision 18 months ago.

Two-year-old Kate Gilmore and her 12-week-old sister Grace, died following a collision on the N17 in Tuam, on Sunday 21 October, 2012.

John O'Connor, with an address at Waterslade Downs,Tuam, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the Demesne, Tuam on 21 October, 2012, which caused the deaths of Kate and Grace Gilmore.

Sentencing in the case has been adjourned to this Friday, March 14.

State prosecutor, Patrick McGrath SC, told the brief hearing that the plea met the case against the accused for the DPP and in due course a nolle prosequi would be entered on the outstanding charges.

These outstanding charges are failing to remain at the scene of an accident; dangerous driving at another location in Tuam on the same date and failing to make a required declaration on a driving licence application

John Jordan SC, defending, said it would take 90 minutes to hear the facts at the sentence hearing.

"This is a particularly tragic case and I'm happy it has been dealt with in the manner in which it has," Judge Rory McCabe said.

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