Tuesday 17 July 2018

Motorist banned following crash that killed mother-of-five caught behind wheel

Banned for a further 15 years

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(Stock picture)

Eimear Cotter

A PAINTER who was involved in a New Year’s Eve 2006 car crash, in which a mother-of-five was killed, has been banned from getting behind the wheel for a further 15 years for driving while disqualified.

Jason Kearney (46) admitted to gardai at the scene of a minor traffic accident last year that he should not have been driving.

He was before Tallaght District Court for sentencing after a judge ordered a community service report.

Judge John Lindsay ordered Kearney to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of three months in prison.

The judge also said he was disqualifying Kearney from driving for 15 years and he adjourned the case to a date in January to confirm the order.

The defendant, of Elm Grove in Tallaght, had admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Tallaght District Court heard the incident took place on the N81 in Tallaght on November 20, 2016.

Sergeant Eithne Madden said gardai were called to the scene of a minor road traffic accident involving two vehicles.

Sgt Madden said Kearney indicated at the scene that he did not have insurance and that he was disqualified from driving.

The court heard Kearney has a number of previous convictions, including a conviction for dangerous driving causing death.

Mother-of-five Rose Martin (57) was a front-seat passenger in the car driven by her husband when a car driven by Kearney crashed into them on New Year’s Eve 2006. She died in hospital 11 days later.

Kearney was banned from driving for 10 years in 2013 for being drunk in charge of a vehicle.

Defence lawyer Gabby Deane said that Kearney was willing to engage with the Probation Service and he had been deemed to be suitable for community service.

The court previously heard that Kearney had fully co-operated with gardai and had admitted at the scene he was disqualified.

The defendant accepted that he had a “poor history”, as well as historic problems with alcohol, the lawyer said.

However, Kearney was trying to make a new life for himself, away from his past acquaintances.

Ms Deane said that Kearney understood his responsibility in terms of road traffic legislation.

The court also heard Kearney had a good work history, most recently as an industrial painter.

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