Saturday 18 November 2017

Man pleads guilty to careless driving causing death of Conor (14)

Conor Hickey (14) died following a hit and run incident almost two years ago

Tragic hit-and-run victim Conor Hickey
Tragic hit-and-run victim Conor Hickey
The scene at St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road in Cabra where the hit and run took place. Photo: Collins
The scene at St Eithne Road and Fassaugh Road in Cabra where the hit and run took place. Photo: Collins
Schoolboys from Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire carry Conor Hickey's coffin to Christ the King Church, Cabra, Dublin

By Conor Gallagher

A MAN has admitted careless driving causing the death of a 14 year old boy two years ago.

Ruadhan Tracey (32), previously of Dunshaughlin, Co Meath but currently serving a separate prison sentence, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention causing the death of Conor Hickey at Fassaugh Road, Cabra on December 2, 2011.

He will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 12, 2014 after the prosecuting counsel asked that the matter be adjourned until after the anniversary of the boy’s death.

A hearing at Dublin District Court heard that Tracey was accused of hitting the boy who was on the way to visit his friend. The victim died in hospital the next day.

Tracey is currently serving an eight year jail term for a string of offences including stabbing a shop worker with a syringe, leaving him in need of 24-hour care.

The father of one was also sentenced for holding up nine shops, eight of them within a five week period around Christmas 2011.

Most incidents followed a similar pattern. He would enter the shop, threaten to give staff “the virus” and then flee with money from the register.

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