Shaun Kelly gets two years' jail
BUNCRANA man Shaun
Kelly has been sentenced to four years in jail with
two suspended for dangerous driving causing the
deaths of seven of his friends and a pensioner in a
Mr Kelly (26) from Hill Road, Ballymagan, was also
disqualified from driving for ten years.
He had changed his plea to guilty earlier this year
in relation to the crash which happened on July 11,
2010 at Glasmullen between Clonmany and Buncrana.
He was driving a black Volkswagen Passat with seven
of his friends in the car when it collided with a
vehicle driven by Urris man Hughie Friel (66).
The seven others who died in the crash were Eamonn
McDaid, 22, of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark
McLaughlin, 21, of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty,
19, of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney 19, of
Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin, 21, of Rockstown,
Burnfoot; James McEleney, 23, of Meenaduff, Clonmany
and Damien McLaughlin, 21, of Umricam, Buncrana.
The scene at Glasmullen, Drumfries,
where the eight-person fatality occurred
back in July 2010.
hearing at Letterkenny Circuit Court heard victim
impact statements from the families of the deceased.
It also heard a message of apology to the victims'
families read out on behalf of Shaun Kelly by his
father Liam. In the message, he stated that the
Kelly family were deeply sorry for what happened and
the trauma it had caused. He also thanked the
victims' families for the kindness and understanding
they had shown towards them. The court heard earlier
today that Shaun Kelly had two previous road traffic