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Irishman is jailed for killing two friendsJAILED: Eamonn Driver

AN Irishman has been jailed for almost three years over a crash which caused the deaths of two friends in Australia in October 2007.

Eamonn Driver (31) from Slane in Meath was hospitalised following the car crash in Perth which led to the deaths of Colm Reilly (20) and Kiara Duncan (22) – both from Meath.

He had been drinking alcohol when he got behind the wheel of a car with six other people.

CHARGES

He was driving the Toyota Corolla car which crossed the road, overturned onto its roof and crashed into an oncoming car driven by a 63-year-old woman, who was uninjured.

Driver returned to Ireland in November 2007, before charges were brought against him.

He left Perth to attend the funerals in Ireland before being charged.

In 2009, he failed to appear in a Perth court to face charges which were made in his absence and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

An extradition order was granted last year by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Judge Keen accepted Driver was remorseful, had empathy for the victims' families and the accident haunted him.

But he said general deterrence was important and offenders needed to know there would be no leniency for such crimes.

The court heard Driver kept a distance at Ms Duncan's funeral but sat with the family during Mr Reilly's funeral because they were close friends and the victim's family welcomed him.

He was sentenced to two years and 50 weeks in prison.

Driver will be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

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