Friday 17 November 2017

Man jailed for worst road crash in State on temporary prison release

Shaun Kelly. Photo: PA
Shaun Kelly. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

The man jailed for killing eight people in Ireland's worst ever single road traffic crash is enjoying temporary release from prison.

Shaun Kelly (27) was initially jailed for two years when he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths in Buncrana, Co Donegal, in July 2010.

However, the Appeal Court decided that sentence was too lenient and added another two years to the sentence originally handed down in December, 2014.

Kelly, from Ballymagan in Buncrana, is not due for release until December 2018 but may be entitled to 25pc remission for good behaviour.

Seven of those who died were young men aged between 19 and 23 who were passengers in Kelly's car.

The eighth was a 66-year-old man on his way back from bingo. Now relatives of some of those killed in the crash have been left shocked after the young truck driver was granted temporary release from jail.

Kelly, along with two friends, carried out some farming at lands at Tooban on the Inishowen Peninsula.

The men arrived in a VW Passat but Kelly was not driving as he is also serving a 10-year driving ban as part of his sentence.

It is understood Kelly spent the rest of the time since he was released on Friday in and around his home at Hill Head, Ballymagan.

One family member of one of the young men killed in the crash between Clonmany and Buncrana, said they were outraged by Kelly's release.

"It just doesn't make sense. He's only half-way through his sentence and he's allowed out," they said.

Irish Independent

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