Body of cyclist in hit-and-run was ‘driven’ through hedge

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by classic33, 1 Mar 2015.

  1. BigAl68

    BigAl68 Über Member

    It seems he has been found guilty and now awaiting sentencing. Let's hope he gets the full 10 years.
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  2. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    He has been found guilty of the more serious charge - death by dangerous - so in that respect the jury has given the judge plenty of bullets to fire at sentencing, should he choose to do so.

    There's a danger of trying to read too much into the decision to renew bail, but I'm afraid were the judge planning to really spank him, he would have locked him up immediately.

    It should still be prison, but the length of sentence could be underwhelming.
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  3. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

  4. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    This bit is particularly impressive:

    'Complimenting the gardaí in the investigation, Judge O’Donnell said there was an exceptional amount of police work involved “locally, nationally and internationally”.
    He paid particular tribute to Sgt David Leslie for the manner in which he “harvested” CCTV footage ( over 830 hours in 80 locations) .'

    There are a few police areas in the UK that could learn something from Sgt Leslie and his colleagues..

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  5. Drago

    Drago Guru

    They don't have to contend with the Criminal Protection Service. Lucky sods.
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  6. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    Thought he'd got away with it and was recognised in Cambridge, what are the odds? Nicked at Heathrow when he turned up for his flight out.
  7. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    They must have either put a mark on his passport or scanned flight lists. He rolls up with his hand luggage and Johnny Law's hand falls on his shoulder.
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  8. OP

    classic33 Legendary Member

    His passport was removed/surrendered when he was returned to Ireland.
    No passport required for surface travel between the two countries though.
  9. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    He was arrested in February of 2014 at Heathrow Airport – he had been in the UK and was returning to Australia but was spotted by an Irish citizen in Cambridge previous day.
  10. OP

    classic33 Legendary Member

    "Shane Fitzgerald said he left Ireland for the UK by ferry in his other vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat.
    Before travelling onto Australia, the accused said he travelled to Leeds to a car auction, where he arranged to get his Toyota Landcruiser shipped to the UK where he sold it to a man."

    From the interview with the Australian Federal Agent.

    Leeds via Rosslare & Pembroke isn't the shortest way to London.
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  11. OP

    classic33 Legendary Member

  12. OP

    classic33 Legendary Member


    The High Court in Cork has awarded €900,000 to the family of a 42-year-old man who was fatally injured while training for a charity cycle in Kerry in aid of people with Down Syndrome.

    Paud O’Leary was out on an early morning training cycle for the 112-mile Ring of Kerry charity race when he was struck by a Toyota Landcruiser and fatally injured at Scrahan Fada, Gneeveguilla, near Killarney on 1 July 2012.

    The married father-of-four was a native of Gneeveguilla. His four children were aged 14,12, nine and seven at the time of his death.

    One of his daughters has Down Syndrome and the court was told that after a recent setback she was not living as independently as she had been.

    Mr Justice Michael Hanna approved the settlement offer entirely on the terms recommended by counsel with the exception of one amendment, a direct payment of over €2,000.

    Judge Hanna told Mr O'Leary's widow Margaret, and eldest daughter, Shannon, a student in UCC, that this would be towards "something in the nature of a family holiday to remember happy times. What happened was an appalling tragedy but it is important to remember happy times too."

    In April 2015, a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence was imposed on a young man for dangerous driving causing the death of Mr O'Leary.

    Shane Fitzgerald, of Knockeen, Meelin, Newmarket in Co Cork, had denied the charge of dangerous driving causing death.

    The court had heard that the collision between Mr Fitzgerald's Toyota Landcruiser, and Mr O'Leary had blown the deceased and his bike off the road so much that both were found some distance behind a hedge.

    Mr Fitzgerald left the scene but was arrested in February 2014 at Heathrow Airport after he was spotted in the UK en route back to Australia where he had been living.
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  13. straas

    straas Über Member

    What a horrible coward.
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