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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Family of hit-and-run victim (14) 'devastated' that criminal won't serve extra time for the death

*Conor Hickey was just 14 years of age when killed
* Ruadhan Tracey (33) was on his way to buy drugs on Dec 2, 2011 when the accident happened, court told
*Tracey knocked down the schoolboy in a hit & run and left scene as Conor lay dying
*He has been sentenced to 20 months in jail and banned from driving for 20 years
*The 20 months will be served alongside 10 year jail term for spate of violent robberies
*Family 'devastated' that Tracey will not serve extra time for their son's death
*Family requested their son's organs be donated to save lives of other people

Ruadhan Tracey (33). Inset: Conor Hickey
Ruadhan Tracey (33). Inset: Conor Hickey

The family of a 14-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run accident are 'devastated' the criminal won't serve extra time for his death, a family friend has said.

Ruadhan Tracey, a chronic drug addict, admitted careless driving causing the death Conor Hickey over two years ago, was sentenced to 20 months in jail yesterday.

He was also been banned from driving for 20 years.

There were emotional scenes in court as the judge imposed less than the maximum sentence of two years.

And Seamus McGrattan, a family friend of the Hickeys, told RTE News at One today the family "didn't get the justice they were looking for".

Conor, from St Attracta Road in Cabra, was hit by a car at the junction of St. Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road on the evening of December 2, 2011.

The Cabra Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire second year pupil had been on his way to meet a friend when he was struck and died in hospital the following day.

Mr McGrattan said: "He was always a very likeable chap; he always had a smile on his face."

Tracey, 32, previously of Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence,

Last July Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a ten year jail term, with two years suspended for a spate of armed robberies including one in which he left a shop worker in need of 24-hour care after stabbing him with a syringe.

These offences were carried out after the hit and run.

The twenty month term will run alongside the ten-year sentence meaning he will serve no extra time in prison.

"The sentence effectively runs concurrently, which means effectively that he won't serve one day for the death of Conor," Mr McGrattan said.

"This has added salt to [his parents'] wounds...there was a period before this man came forward."

"They're (his parents) devastated... it's obviously not easy to lose a child."

Last night Mr McGrattan met John Hickey, Conor's father, who said in a victim impact statement in court that the family's lives will never be the same again.

"Yesterday was still a bit raw when I spoke to them."

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