Saturday 21 April 2018

Dad's shock after killer joyrider is jailed again

Brian McGinn: jailed for stealing BMW
Brian McGinn: jailed for stealing BMW

Ralph Riegel and Barry Duggan

THE father of a boy killed by a joyrider 15 years ago has spoken of his disbelief at learning the man has again been jailed – for stealing a high-powered car.

Brian McGinn (33) was jailed last week for 19 months for stealing a BMW and a bottle of vodka only hours after being released from a garda station.

The conviction came after he served only five years of a 10-year sentence for unlawful killing after driving a stolen Honda into the back of John and Margaret Curtin's car, killing their 11-year-old son, Shane, in 1998.

McGinn, of Cedar Grove and West End in Mallow, Co Cork, was arrested following a car chase with gardai last June 25 and released at 10.30am from Bruff garda station the following day.

He immediately stole a parked BMW and a bottle of vodka.

When he was finally stopped, his first action was to throw the keys over a wall, immobilising the car.

In 1999, McGinn received a 10-year sentence after he crashed a stolen Honda Integra at high speed into Margaret Curtin's car near her home in Castlemartyr, east Cork, on August 28, 1998.

She had been going to the shops to buy treats for Shane and his younger sister and brother.

Shane suffered multiple injuries and died in Cork University Hospital a short time after.

His mother, sister and brother suffered multiple injuries.

Shane's father, John, said he was appalled to discover McGinn had again been jailed.

"I am shocked. I hadn't heard a word about this. I cannot believe it, to be honest," he said.

"We thought he was abroad. We were led to believe that he was released early from his sentence on condition that he would move abroad."

The Curtins are still heartbroken over Shane's death.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Curtin said the family think of him every single day.

"Any event which should be a happy occasion becomes a sad occasion, like Christmas and birthdays and confirmations.

"It causes absolute and never-ending devastation and suffering that can never be undone."

McGinn was jailed last week by Judge Aeneas McCarthy in Kilmallock District Court after he pleaded guilty to stealing the BMW and vodka.


Judge McCarthy said McGinn had "an appalling previous record". This includes convictions for theft, burglary, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and unlawful killing.

McGinn had a stable relationship and three young children, but the death of his partner triggered a relapse of his alcoholism.

The collision in which Shane died was described by gardai as one of the worst they had ever dealt with. McGinn had driven the Honda at up to 190kph.

Irish Independent

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