Ex-box­ing cham­pion jailed for head-on col­li­sion

Irish Daily Mail - - Comment - By Elaine Keogh news@dai­ly­mail.ie

Woman’s in­juries were cat­a­strophic

A FOR­MER all-Ire­land box­ing cham­pion was banned from the road when he crashed into a mother and her nine-month-old leav­ing her un­able to walk or to plan for more chil­dren.

Seán Ward, 27, who has over 65 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, crashed head-on into a car con­tain­ing Natasha Keenan, 29, and her son, caus­ing her ‘cat­a­strophic’ in­juries, a court heard yes­ter­day.

He was jailed for four years at Dun­dalk Cir­cuit Court.

Wit­nesses told gar­daí he over­took cars at speed be­fore crash­ing into Ms Keenan’s car on the wrong side of the road at Carn­beg, Dun­dalk, Co. Louth, on Oc­to­ber 3, 2015.

When, Ward, a Trav­eller who is an all-Ire­land box­ing cham­pion, was ini­tially ques­tioned by gar­daí, he said that wit­nesses were ‘telling lies’ and he had been try­ing to avoid a car com­ing to­wards him on the wrong side of the road.

When Ms Keenan re­gained con­scious­ness af­ter the crash she could see three bones stick­ing out of her right foot. She was cut out of the car and the pain was so bad that she lost con­scious­ness.

She suf­fered bro­ken bones in her back, and the bones in both feet were ‘smashed and crushed’, ac­cord­ing to Kevin Se­grave, pros­e­cut­ing. She has had ten fur­ther surgeries and has had skin grafts and was in hos­pi­tal for three months af­ter the crash. Her home had to be adapted to be wheelchair ac­ces­si­ble. She could not be left alone to care for their son and can­not walk or drive. In a state­ment, her hus­band said she would ‘need to learn to walk again’.

The court heard that when gar­daí in­ter­viewed Ward, of Toberona, Dun­dalk, he said he had been on the cor­rect side of the road and had been try­ing to avoid a car com­ing to­wards him. Wit­nesses who said he was on the wrong side were ‘telling lies’.

Judge Michael O’Shea jailed Ward for six years for dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing se­ri­ous bod­ily harm with the last two years sus­pended and for five months for no in­sur­ance. He also dis­qual­i­fied him for ten years and en­dorsed his li­cence.

Drove while banned: Seán Ward

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