Friday 18 October 2019

Man serving a road ban over death of Nicola Kenny was caught drink-driving

Tragedy: Nicola Kenny suffered fatal injuries
Tragedy: Nicola Kenny suffered fatal injuries

Conor Neeson

A man who was serving a five-year driving ban for causing the death of a young mother has been caught drink-driving.

Ciaran McBride, of Listrakelt Road, Derrynoose, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, using a vehicle without insurance and driving with excess alcohol, at Armagh Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The offences occurred on the Derrynoose Road in Keady on February 11.

The 33-year-old's solicitor told the court the defendant's "mental health deteriorated" following the incident and that he had become "dependant on alcohol".

Upon reading the pre-sentence report, prepared by probation, District Judge Brian Archer stated: "This man was involved in a very serious road traffic incident in the Republic of Ireland that resulted in a fatality. Three years later he is drink-driving with a reading of 87mg of alcohol in breath."

McBride caused the death of Tipperary woman Nicola Kenny (26) on September 5, 2016, just a day after the birth of her only child Lily Rose.

As well as the five-year ban, the Armagh man was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay €10,000 in compensation to Ms Kenny's parents.

Defence solicitor Chris Rafferty said: "In relation to the offence, Mr McBride instructs that since then, his mental health has deteriorated, and he has become dependant on alcohol."

Judge Archer retorted: "That's even more of a reason for him not to be behind the wheel of a vehicle."

Judge Archer told McBride: "I could very well have sent you to prison for driving while disqualified given your record."

The defendant was sentenced to a combination order consisting of 75 hours of community service and two years on probation.

In addition, McBride was handed a 30-month driving disqualification.

Judge Archer warned the defendant: "If you commit any further motoring offences you will be going to prison."

Irish Independent

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