DPP to appeal sentence handed down to Shaun Kelly

Shaun Kelly 2The Director of Public Prosecutions is to appeal the sentence handed down to Shaun Kelly, the Co Donegal man found guilty of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people.
Kelly was sentenced to four years imprisonment in December with the final two years of the sentence suspended.
26 year old Shaun Kelly from Buncrana had pleaded guilty to the charge last July and was sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court in December.
Four of the families whose relatives died in the crash at Clonmany in July, 2010 had asked Judge O’Hagan not to jail Kelly.
But passing sentence Judge O’Hagan sentenced Kelly to four years, suspended the final two years and banned the accused from driving for 10 years.
However the DPP has now decided to appeal the sentence.
A representative from the DPP last week contacted Gardai to inform them of their decision.
The families whose relatives were killed in the crash have since been informed.
A spokesman for the DPP’s office said they do not comment on individual cases.


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