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Trainee garda had nine beers on night before fatal car crash

A trainee garda was found guilty of careless driving yesterday after being involved in a road accident in which a woman was killed and he admitted he had drunk nine beers the previous night.

Mark McCaffrey (32), with an address at Cedarwood Lodge, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin, was originally charged with dangerous driving causing death.

McCaffrey was alleged to have caused the death of Therese McGowan (29), of Oldcastle, Co Meath, on the N3 road near Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan on December 27, 2008.

The court was told that he lost control of his car in icy conditions and collided with Ms McGowan, who was a pedestrian.

Ms McGowan was assisting at the scene of an earlier accident when she was struck. McCaffrey told the court that he drank nine beers the night before the incident.

He told Judge John O'Hagan at Cavan Circuit Court that he felt fine to drive back to Dublin at 9.30am on the morning of December 27.

On the careless driving charge, he was fined €1,500 and disqualified from driving for two years. On the drink driving charge, he was fined €2,000 and disqualified for two years.

Irish Independent