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A man who caused the death of a father of two in a two-car collision when he broke a red light while driving at around twice the speed limit has been jailed for five years.

Michael Jones (25), from Whitestown Drive, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Hong Qing Qu at Blanchardstown Road South on November 17, 2015.

After a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last December, a jury found him guilty of the charge. Yesterday morning, Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a sentence of five years imprisonment. She backdated the sentence to December 19 last, the day Jones first went into custody, and also disqualified him from driving for life.

In her victim impact statement, which she read aloud in court, Mr Qu's widow said that her two children always ask her "where's papa?". She said because they are too young to understand death, she tells them that he is a "hero".

Irish Independent