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Grieving father tells court Camlough death driver ‘will never change’

The grieving father of a Bessbrook woman killed in a car crash 10 years ago has told a Newry court that the man responsible for her death “will never change.”    The father of Jennifer Cassidy interrupted a sentencing hearing for Eamon O’Boyle to warn the court of his behaviour.

The Camlough man received an eight month sentence for new motoring offences just days after the tenth anniversary of the horror smash which killed Ms Cassidy.  Driver O’Boyle was sentenced to 39 months in jail, disqualified from driving for five years, and put on two years probation.

The current charges related to PSNI being alerted that O’Boyle was driving whilst disqualified in Newry.  His defence solicitor admitted his client’s long record of motoring offences but highlighted improvements in his client’s behaviour and said he was now a full time carer for his father.

Interrupting proceedings, Mr Cassidy told the court O’Boyle “will never change,” refuting claims he was a full time carer, and revealing that he had reported him for the current charges.

“Next time he’ll be up for killing someone else on the road,” he warned the court.

District judge King took into account Mr Cassidy’s words before sentencing, explaining that two consecutive four month sentences was the maximum he could give.

An application to appeal was granted to the defence of £1000 with O’Boyle to remain in custody in the meantime.