Monday 22 January 2018

Motorist jailed over road-rage death to appeal against sentence

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A MOTORIST jailed for manslaughter after beating a man with a hurley in a road-rage attack has lodged an appeal against his sentence.

Karl Donohoe (31) was jailed for 10 years after British grandfather Raymond Bates (49) died in hospital days after the attack in Dublin, on September 26, 2010.

Papers lodged in court reveal Donohoe has lodged an appeal against the severity of the sentence.

It is expected the matter will come before the Courts of Criminal Appeal in eight to 12 months' time due to the high number of cases pending.

Mr Bates's wife of 28 years, Brenda, told the Irish Independent she was "happy" with the sentence handed down by Mr Justice Paul Carney.

"Nothing will ever bring him back. I'd like to see the sentence remain at 12 years," Mrs Bates said.

"It has been a long 19 months -- I've been up and down. We're trying to pick up the pieces. We needed closure on it."

The victim's wife said lawyers had told her an appeal was likely to be lodged and she did not yet know if she would travel back to Ireland for it. Mrs Bates (49) shouted 'yes' last month as Donohoe, of Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, Dublin, was sentenced to 12 years, with two suspended, and applause rang out across the Central Criminal Court.

He had pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Bates, a construction worker from Peterlee, Durham, in England.

In passing sentence, Mr Justice Carney said the accused had appointed "himself sheriff and enforcer" of Mr Bates's "bad and drunken driving" and the "savagery" of the beating warranted the 12-year sentence.

Donohoe had told gardai: "I hope he f***ing dies, he got what he deserved."

The court heard that Mr Bates had been drinking in a pub with friends earlier that day and had consumed between eight and 10 pints of Guinness.

Mr Bates overtook Donohoe's car and cut in on him. A witness described seeing Donohoe hit Mr Bates at the junction of Tritonville Road and Sandymount Road.

The victim's family described how Donohoe had destroyed their family and his own. Mrs Bates said they had been left with a "huge void" in their lives.

Irish Independent

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