Shaun Kelly gets four years jail with two suspended


SHAUN Kelly (26) was sentenced to four years imprisonment with the last two suspended at the Circuit Court sitting in Letterkenny yesterday for causing the death by dangerous driving of eight people in July 2010. He was disqualified from driving for ten years.

Kelly changed his plea to guilty in July this year for causing the death of Mark McLaughlin (21) from Fahan, Paul Doherty and Ciaran Sweeney who were 19 and from Ballyliffin; Patrick McLaughlin (21) from Burnfoot; Eamonn McDaid (22) and Damien McLaughlin (21) both from Buncrana and James McEleney (23) from Clonmany all who died in his VW Passat and the death of Clonmany pensioner Hugh Friel (66) who was driving the Toyota Corolla Kelly’s Passat hit.

In the court victim impact statements from four of the families requested that Kelly not be jailed and spoke of the prison her will live in for the rest of his life.

See report in tomorrow’s Donegal News

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