Sunday 26 January 2020

Retired nurse is jailed for drink-driving death

Conor Gallagher

A retired nurse who was over the alcohol limit when he knocked down and killed an 87-year-old male pedestrian has been jailed for two years.

Tipperary man Gerard Brett (65) knocked Benedict (Benny) Brady seven feet in the air when he hit him on a dark and wet evening in north Co Dublin.

Mr Brady was taken to hospital but died six days later from his injuries.

The court heard Brett was on dialysis because of chronic liver failure. Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Brett had been a "good hard-working man all his life" but said his decision to drive was inexcusable had resulted in him killing a man.

"I have to impose a custodial sentence. He made a decision to drive that night with that amount of alcohol," the judge said.

Brett, of Marrian Court, Marton Street, Clonmel, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to drink driving and dangerous driving causing death on Portrane Road, Portrane on January 21, 2010.

Irish Independent

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