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Lenient sentence in death driving case angers local people - Murphy MP MLA

22 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said that the lenient sentence handed out to a young man who killed two people last year in a road accident on the Dublin Road in Newry had angered local people.

Mr Murphy said:

"A clear message needs to be sent to people of the potential danger involved with reckless behaviour on the roads.

"In this case two highly respected local people were cut down by a driver who was drunk driving recklessly in a cheap car. In the wake of this incident hundreds of people attended a vigil demanding action against death drivers. The decision by the court to sentence this man to four years in a Young Offenders Centre has angered local people. It is not an appropriate sentence.

"Offensive messages posted on the individuals Bebo site have added to the sense of local anger.

"If we are going to change the attitudes of drivers then we need to ensure that sentencing reflects the seriousness of the crime." ENDS

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