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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #90 on: March 09, 2019, 04:18:09 PM »
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/no-justice-for-my-son-mother-of-teen-killed-in-head-on-crash-by-driver-convinced-islamic-state-taking-over-37892092.html

'No justice for my son' - mother of teen killed in head on crash by driver 'convinced Islamic State taking over'

John Gorman (19) was driving home with his younger brother in December 2015, when their car was hit head-on

Court of Appeal quashes jury's guilty conviction and instead commits Dariusz Alchimionek (44) to Central Mental Hospital

Court previously heard how Alchimionek became convinced that Islamic State (IS) was about to invade

Fiona Dillon 
March 8 2019 10:49 AM
 
A heartbroken mother has said she cannot see any justice for her teenage son who was killed in a horrific car crash.
John Gorman (19) was driving home with his younger brother, Adam, on December 29, 2015, when their car was hit head-on by a vehicle that had crossed the road.

John died in the crash, at Ballycrystal, Geashill, Co Offaly, which happened only 8km from the brothers’ home in Walsh Island.

Sixteen-year-old Adam suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

Last week, the Court of Appeal quashed a “guilty” jury verdict in relation to the case.

The driver of the oncoming car, Dariusz Alchimionek (44), had denied the manslaughter of John and assault causing harm to his brother.

In April 2017, a jury returned majority guilty verdicts on both counts, despite unanimous expert opinion that Alchimionek, of Barrow Way, Spa Street, Portarlington, Co Laois, was legally insane.

John’s grieving parents, Ann and James, were at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday when Alchimionek was committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Ann said her two other children, Joanne and Adam, had attended all the other court hearings, but had “given up on the justice system”.

“We got nothing out of it,” she said, adding that the family had spent three years fighting.

James said: “The accused has a right to a fair trial. He has a jury and a judge and he can appeal. John got none of that.

“You don’t have a voice in the court setting, apart from the victim impact statement.”

Ann said the decision to overturn the jury’s verdict was “heartbreaking, because we had fought so hard”.

Adam recovered from his physical injuries and would like to go to college, said James.

The couple became grandparents to little Kayla, who was born to Joanne last November.

“I do believe it was a gift from John to help us,” said Ann.

Paying tribute to her son, she said John, who was studying computer science, won a role model of the year award in his sixth year at Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington.

A member of teaching staff who attended John’s month’s mind mass said: “You only meet someone like John once in your career.”

Ann and James were told about the crash by a family member.

On learning that John had died, James said: “You know at that stage your whole life is changed. He had everything going for him.”

There were only two years between each of the children in the family, which was a very close-knit unit.

Asked how they were coping, Ann said: “Struggling. Every day, every hour.”

James added: “You got some closure when Alchimionek was found guilty, but this has opened it all up again.”

Tullamore Circuit Criminal Court previously heard how Alchimionek became convinced that Islamic State (IS) was about to invade Europe and a third world war was about to begin.

Consultant psychiatrists from the Central Mental Hospital told the court he met the criteria to be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The jury had the option of returning a verdict of guilty, not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. After two hours and 50 minutes of deliberations, it returned majority guilty verdicts.

Alchimionek was given a nine-year prison stretch, with the final three years suspended in October 2017.

However, the Court of Appeal quashed the jury’s guilty verdict last week on the grounds that it was “perverse” and against the weight of the evidence.

The three-judge Appeal Court heard yesterday from Dr Paul O’Connell, consultant psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital, who recently assessed Alchimionek.

Dr O’Connell said that in his opinion, Alchimionek warranted continued detention as an in-patient at the hospital.

On foot of the assessment, the court committed  him to the Central Mental Hospital.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #91 on: March 10, 2019, 08:20:55 AM »
Docs are not up to much these days...........run for the hills if in doubt.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #92 on: March 10, 2019, 02:21:45 PM »
Expert witnesses, paid to report was is required.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #93 on: March 10, 2019, 02:23:20 PM »
The female who sliced open the neck of the poor civil servant in Drumcondra was green-lighted as sane by her pshrink too......not so according to the DPP....

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #94 on: March 14, 2019, 01:33:09 PM »
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/garda-convicted-of-careless-driving-causing-death-of-woman-75-ordered-to-pay-5000-to-charity-37904957.html

Garda convicted of careless driving causing death of woman (75) ordered to pay €5,000 to charity

Declan Brennan and Aoife Nic Ardghail
March 12 2019 1:06 PM
 
A garda whose careless driving caused the death of a 75-year-old pedestrian has had a nine month prison sentence deferred on condition he pay €5,000 to a charity.
Warren Farrell (33), a garda serving in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, was driving a marked patrol car in response to an incident at a Topaz garage when his vehicle struck Elizabeth Core.

Gda Farrell had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs Core at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on August 28, 2014.

After a trial last December a jury convicted Gda Farrell by majority verdict on an alternative charge of careless driving causing death. Judge Cormac Quinn had advised the jurors they could convict on this alternative charge.

Yesterday morning Judge Quinn said the degree of Farrell's culpability was in the lower range. He said the aggravating factor was his speed.

The trial heard that after seeing Mrs Core crossing from the far side of the road Gda Farrell failed to slow the car. He later told investigators that he believed Mrs Core would see or hear the patrol car and stop crossing and return to her side of the road.

He said he was surprised that she continued to cross the road and immediately applied brakes and entered the bus lane to avoid hitting her.

Gda Farrell said he attempted to mount the car onto the footpath on his left but was unable to do so and the left tyre burst. The front right of the car hit Mrs Core and she was pushed onto the front windscreen.

Forensic investigators put the car's speed at the point of impact, following heavy braking, at between 50 to 56 kmh. The speed limit on the road was 50 kmh.

Judge Quinn said there is a tension between the duty imposed on gardaí to respond to calls as quickly as possible and the duty not to endanger the public.

He said there was evidence Gda Farrell experienced a “violation of expectancy” where he had expected Mrs Core to stop crossing.

When he saw she continued to cross he reassessed the situation and applied the brakes. Judge Quinn noted that as a result of this up to 2.5 seconds in stopping time were lost.

At a hearing last month Thomas Core, Mrs Core's son, described his mother as “a singer and a dancer” and “the life and soul of family gatherings”.

Reading from his victim impact statement, he said his mother had been fit and healthy for her age and had many more years of her life left. He said his father's health deteriorated after his mother's death and he passed away “almost two years to the day she died”.

Judge Quinn extended the court's sympathy to the Core family. He said that while the consequences of the “bad driving” must be taken into consideration they were not the determinative factor.

He ordered that Gda Farrell pay a fine of €2,000 as well as pay €5,000 over to the Irish Road Victims Association in the next four months. He set a proposed prison sentence of nine months which he deferred under section 100 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 where a court can defer sentence under conditions.

At last month's hearing Detective Superintendent Colm O'Malley offered “sincere condolences” to the Core family for their tragic loss on behalf of Gda Farrell and An Garda Síochána.

He agreed with defence counsel Patrick McGrath SC that Gda Farrell had always wished to extend his condolences personally, but that it would not have been appropriate while the court case was ongoing.

James Butler, an investigator with the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), told the court that Gda Farrell told GSOC investigators that he had been satisfied before collision that his car's blue flashing lights and sirens would have alerted Mrs Core and she would have remained on her side of the road.

Mr Butler told James Dwyer SC, prosecuting, that Gda Farrell said he continued driving at the same speed as a result. Some civilian witnesses during the trial testified that the siren or blue lights were not on when they saw the car before the collision.

Mr Butler said the Director of Public Prosecutions had rejected an offer of a guilty plea on careless driving causing death and the matter went to trial.

He agreed with Mr McGrath that Gda Farrell had taken evasive action before the collision, but his vehicle's tyre burst and he was unable to mount a footpath to avoid impact.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #95 on: March 14, 2019, 01:50:51 PM »
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/garda-convicted-of-careless-driving-causing-death-of-woman-75-ordered-to-pay-5000-to-charity-37904957.html

Garda convicted of careless driving causing death of woman (75) ordered to pay €5,000 to charity

Declan Brennan and Aoife Nic Ardghail
March 12 2019 1:06 PM
 
A garda whose careless driving caused the death of a 75-year-old pedestrian has had a nine month prison sentence deferred on condition he pay €5,000 to a charity.
Warren Farrell (33), a garda serving in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, was driving a marked patrol car in response to an incident at a Topaz garage when his vehicle struck Elizabeth Core.

Gda Farrell had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs Core at Fonthill Road South, Dublin, on August 28, 2014.

After a trial last December a jury convicted Gda Farrell by majority verdict on an alternative charge of careless driving causing death. Judge Cormac Quinn had advised the jurors they could convict on this alternative charge.

Yesterday morning Judge Quinn said the degree of Farrell's culpability was in the lower range. He said the aggravating factor was his speed.

The trial heard that after seeing Mrs Core crossing from the far side of the road Gda Farrell failed to slow the car. He later told investigators that he believed Mrs Core would see or hear the patrol car and stop crossing and return to her side of the road.

He said he was surprised that she continued to cross the road and immediately applied brakes and entered the bus lane to avoid hitting her.

Gda Farrell said he attempted to mount the car onto the footpath on his left but was unable to do so and the left tyre burst. The front right of the car hit Mrs Core and she was pushed onto the front windscreen.

Forensic investigators put the car's speed at the point of impact, following heavy braking, at between 50 to 56 kmh. The speed limit on the road was 50 kmh.

Judge Quinn said there is a tension between the duty imposed on gardaí to respond to calls as quickly as possible and the duty not to endanger the public.

He said there was evidence Gda Farrell experienced a “violation of expectancy” where he had expected Mrs Core to stop crossing.

When he saw she continued to cross he reassessed the situation and applied the brakes. Judge Quinn noted that as a result of this up to 2.5 seconds in stopping time were lost.

At a hearing last month Thomas Core, Mrs Core's son, described his mother as “a singer and a dancer” and “the life and soul of family gatherings”.

Reading from his victim impact statement, he said his mother had been fit and healthy for her age and had many more years of her life left. He said his father's health deteriorated after his mother's death and he passed away “almost two years to the day she died”.

Judge Quinn extended the court's sympathy to the Core family. He said that while the consequences of the “bad driving” must be taken into consideration they were not the determinative factor.

He ordered that Gda Farrell pay a fine of €2,000 as well as pay €5,000 over to the Irish Road Victims Association in the next four months. He set a proposed prison sentence of nine months which he deferred under section 100 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 where a court can defer sentence under conditions.

At last month's hearing Detective Superintendent Colm O'Malley offered “sincere condolences” to the Core family for their tragic loss on behalf of Gda Farrell and An Garda Síochána.

He agreed with defence counsel Patrick McGrath SC that Gda Farrell had always wished to extend his condolences personally, but that it would not have been appropriate while the court case was ongoing.

James Butler, an investigator with the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), told the court that Gda Farrell told GSOC investigators that he had been satisfied before collision that his car's blue flashing lights and sirens would have alerted Mrs Core and she would have remained on her side of the road.

Mr Butler told James Dwyer SC, prosecuting, that Gda Farrell said he continued driving at the same speed as a result. Some civilian witnesses during the trial testified that the siren or blue lights were not on when they saw the car before the collision.

Mr Butler said the Director of Public Prosecutions had rejected an offer of a guilty plea on careless driving causing death and the matter went to trial.

He agreed with Mr McGrath that Gda Farrell had taken evasive action before the collision, but his vehicle's tyre burst and he was unable to mount a footpath to avoid impact.
"He Pay €5,000 to charity" , interesting to see  if he uses "In the line of Duty" clause !

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #96 on: March 14, 2019, 02:30:12 PM »
More Nuremberg material here then? Where's John to elaborate?

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #97 on: March 14, 2019, 04:04:54 PM »
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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #98 on: March 14, 2019, 07:28:40 PM »
Studying for an STD
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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #100 on: March 16, 2019, 02:45:31 PM »
https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2019/0316/1036780-crash-mayo/

Man, 64, dies in road crash in Co Mayo

Updated / Saturday, 16 Mar 2019 09:10

A person has died following a road crash between a truck and two cars in Co Mayo.

The crash happened at 12.15pm yesterday in Carracanada, Swinford.

A 64-year old male driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased has been removed to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a post-mortem examination. A male driver of a second car received minor injuries.

This stretch of road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #101 on: March 16, 2019, 02:47:18 PM »
https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2019/0316/1036783-luas-bus/

At least 8 hospitalised following Luas and bus crash

Updated / Saturday, 16 Mar 2019 09:55

At least eight people have been taken to hospital following a collision between a Luas tram and a bus in Co Dublin.

The incident happened at Queen Street in Smithfield, and the road is closed while emergency services attend the scene.

Gardaí said the road is expected to be closed until at least lunchtime today.

The tram was derailed in the crash, and remains at the scene. The incident happened at around 7am.

A number of those involved were taken to hospital as a precaution. The injured people include the driver of the tram and four ticket inspectors.

As a result of the incident, the Luas' Red Line is disrupted.

Services are operating from Tallaght/Saggart to Blackhorse, but there is no service operating between Blackhorse and Connolly/The Point.

Those who has bought Luas tickets will be able to use them on Dublin Bus.

Updates are available on the Luas website and social media channels.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2019, 02:50:47 PM »
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/hitandrun-driver-who-seriously-injured-cyclist-was-banned-from-driving-has-92-previous-convictions-court-hears-37917671.html

Hit-and-run driver who seriously injured cyclist was banned from driving, has 92 previous convictions - court hears

Declan Brennan
March 15 2019 7:31 AM
 
A hit-and-run driver who was banned from driving when he seriously injured a cyclist has been jailed for five years.

Jonathan Wainyae (33) of St Attracta Rd., Cabra, Dubliln pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily injury and to failing to stop at the scene of a collision at Strand Road, Baldoyle, Dublin, on July 9, 2016.

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced Wainyae to six years imprisonment for the dangerous driving offence with the final year suspended on conditions.

These include that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for three years and engage with the Probation Service for 18 months post release. She also disqualified him from driving for 25 years.

Judge Ryan also sentenced him to two years imprisonment for the charge of failing to stop at the scene. She backdated both sentences to July 12, 2018 and said they would run concurrently.

Detective Sergeant David Ennis told the court that the victim was well illuminated on the night. Jones Justino DaSilva was cycling home around midnight after finishing a shift in a restaurant in Howth when he was knocked off his bike by a car driven by Wainyae.

He suffered a spinal fracture and fractures to his right leg and as a result he was unable to continue working. He told the court that the effects of the injuries put a strain on his marriage and he and his wife eventually split up.

In an emotional statement to the court Mr DaSilva, a Brazilian national, said he came to Ireland with his wife to improve his English.

He said that after the accident he thought he was going to die. He said the period afterwards was very difficult and it took him a long time to recover.

Speaking through a Portuguese translator, he said he had to return to Brazil after the accident and felt depressed and suicidal at times.

“It changed my life very much. I had so many plans. My life was turned upside down. My marriage broke down,” he said.

In a written apology, read out in court by his defence barrister, Pieter Le Vert BL, Wainyae said “if I could turn back time and change what happened, I would.

“I would like to apologise to you and your family for the hurt and pain I have caused you. I only wish that I could sit down with you and explain in person that I thoroughly regret my actions.”

Wainyae, who was subject to a driving ban when he hit the cyclist, told the victim that “you were in the right place, it was me that should never have been on the road that night.”

He finished by saying “I don't expect you to forgive me. I do want you to know how sorry I am”.

Responding to this Mr DeSilva told the court that he accepted the apology.

“I have no issue against him. I would like this situation to make him think and he can have a better life in the future. It was probably a very hard time for both of us.

“From now on I can do my life and he can do a better life,” he said.

The majority of Wainyae's 92 previous convictions are for road traffic offences, but he also has convictions for assault, theft and drug dealing. Mr LeVert said he went into custody in 2014 and came out with a “full blown” heroin addiction.

He is currently serving a five year prison term imposed in 2016 for robbery. His barrister told the court that he is engaging with an addiction treatment programme in custody.

Judge Ryan said the aggravating factors in the case were his initially denying any involvement, his being disqualified from driving at the time, his having had 12 disqualifications in the past and the effect the collision had on the victim.

She said the mitigating factors in the case were his guilty plea, his apology, his remorse, his efforts at rehabilitation and the fact that he is using his time in custody well.

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #103 on: March 16, 2019, 04:20:00 PM »
A double decker bus and a Luas,FFS!!...

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Re: Carnage On Irish Roads
« Reply #104 on: March 16, 2019, 04:27:15 PM »
They should only pay them lads if they bring home the bus/Luas in one piece.

 


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