MAN JAILED OVER ROAD CRASH DEATH
ROUNDWOOD MAN GETS THREE AND A HALF YEAR SENTENCE
A ROUNDWOOD man has been jailed for three and a half years after he was convicted of dangerous driving causing the death of talented sportsman, George Johnson in 2007.
Anthony Leahy (38) of 1 The Tea Rooms, Main Street, Roundwood had pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of George Johnson at Main Street, Roundwood on November 4, 2007. However, after trial in December, last year, Leahy was found guilty of the charge by a jury of six men and six women.
Garda James O’Donoghue said William Hawkins saw Mr. Johnson of Vartry Heights leaving the Coach House at 9.30 p.m. on the evening of November 4, 2007 and walk diago- nally across the road. He said he ‘ heard a bang and saw George in the air’.
The court heard the point of impact was at the front number plate and evidence indicated Mr. Johnson was walking from the driver side of the car to the passenger side when he was struck. The court heard Leahy, who was arrested at the scene, had a breath alcohol concentration of 78mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, more than twice the legal limit.
The court heard Leahy has a previous conviction for driving without insurance and driving under the influence, both of which were handed down after this incident. He was also convicted of a number of offences in the United Kingdom including sending threatening text messages to a former partner.
Acting for Leahy Paul McDermott, SC, said Leahy and his family live in the vicinity of Vartry Heights. He said Leahy had been working since he was 16 years old and have moved to Scotland in 2003 and he remained in the United Kingdom until 2007. He said Leahy only returned to Roundwood a short time before the fatal accident.
Judge Michael O’Shea said ‘ there is no doubt that Anthony Leahy didn’t go out with the intention of causing death but dangerous driving causing death is one where intention is not the basic ingredient - it’s fault and the degree of fault.’
He sentenced Leahy to five years imprisonment in respect of dangerous driving causing death and suspended the final 18 months on condition Leahy be of good behaviour for three years after his release. He also put him off the road for ten years. He sentenced him to three months imprisonment for driving without insurance and put him off the road for four years in respect of drunken driving. Leave to appeal was refused although Mr. McDermott said he had no instructions in respect of any appeal.
Anthony Leahy who was jailed for dangerous driving causing the death of George Johnson in 2007.