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Sentencing: Prince Aibangbe at the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin. Photo: Collins Courts

Sentencing: Prince Aibangbe at the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin. Photo: Collins Courts

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Sentencing: Prince Aibangbe at the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin. Photo: Collins Courts

A judge has said there is a greater onus on truck drivers to take care at junctions as she jailed a man who killed a pedestrian after breaking a red light.

Prince Aibangbe (51) hit Gerard Whyte (21) after pulling off from a stopped position at a crossroads.

Aibangbe told gardaĆ­ he mistook a pedestrian green light for a filter light to turn left.

Garda David Jordan told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Mr Whyte had been waiting at a set of pedestrian lights. As he went to cross with his green light, Aibangbe moved forward in response to another green pedestrian light.

The court heard Aibangbe had stopped his truck at the lights ahead of the traffic markings so was unable to see the victim.

The collision took place at the junction of Swords Road and Collins Avenue in Dublin shortly after midnight on May 31 last year.

Aibangbe, of Williams Way, Ongar Village, Dublin, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

Sentencing him yesterday, Judge Pauline Codd said the collision would not have happened if Aibangbe had observed the appropriate markings and distance from the traffic lights.

She said a custodial sentence was required as "a general deterrence to drivers of large vehicles" to take care at junctions. She said such drivers have a duty to look out for pedestrians and cyclists.

After noting a number of mitigating factors, including Aibangbe's remorse and guilty plea, she said the appropriate sentence was three years, suspending the final two of those.

She also disqualified him from driving for six years.

Irish Independent