Shaun Kelly prison sentence to be appealed

DPP reviews case of Inishowen crash driver

Shaun Kelly arriving at Letterkenny Circuit Court.  (North West Newspix)

The Director of Public Prosecutions is set to appeal the prison sentence given to the man found guilty of causing the death of eight people in Inishowen in July 2010.

Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Ballymagan, was sentenced to four years imprisonment in December with the final two years of the sentence suspended.

The 26-year-old truck driver had pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court last year. Mr Kelly is currently serving his sentence at Castlerea Prison.

While the DPP would not comment on an individual case, the Independent has learned that the DPP can ask the Court of Criminal Appeal to review a sentence that she thinks is ‘unduly lenient’.

The Appeal Court will not change a sentence just because it feels it is too light or because it would have given a different sentence, it will only increase an ‘unduly lenient’ sentence if it thinks the trial judge made a mistake on a legal point.

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