Man admits causing death of passenger in crash

Friday 30 May 2014 19.09
Sentencing has been adjourned until 26 June
Sentencing has been adjourned until 26 June

A drink driver has admitted that he caused the death of a young man travelling in the back seat of his car in Bantry, Co Cork last year.

29-year-old Aidan McCarthy, of Ballycomane, Durrus, Co Cork was arraigned at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Taidhg Burke on 20 October 2013 at Bridge Street in Bantry.

He also pleaded guilty to drink driving whereby the amount of alcohol in his blood exceeded the legal limit of 80mgs per 100mls.

Responding to a suggestion that sentencing be adjourned until October, defence senior counsel Tom Creed said his client didn't want to cause any further distress to the family of the deceased. 

He would prefer, he said, to have it dealt with at the next sessions later this month.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin adjourned sentencing until 26 June, remanding Mr McCarthy on continuing bail until then.

The court was told by the State that a victim impact statement would be prepared in the meantime by the family of the late Taidhg Burke, who had been a musician with a band called The Calvinists."