Killer driver back in court

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Killer driver back in court thumbnailPaul Patrick Duffy from Dunloy pictured leaving Coleraine Courthouse. Photo: Mark Jamieson. CC44-147s

A DUNLOY man, who killed a mother-of-eight and her aunt while driving on the wrong side of the road, has received a four-month prison sentence.
North Antrim Magistrates, sitting in Coleraine, yesterday (Monday, October 30) heard how Paul Patrick Duffy, from Hillside Drive, had caused a collision just after midnight on September 4 this year while driving without his lights illuminated.
Earlier the court heard how a woman travelling in the opposite direction spotted the father-of-four's vehicle as she approached roadworks. She pulled in but 37-year-old Duffy collided with her car at Bridge Road, Dunloy, as he passed her and failed to stop.
The woman followed Duffy and saw his vehicle in the middle of the road before swerving across the road and going through a T-junction without stopping. His vehicle mounted the kerb and crashed into a fence.
After the incident was reported to police, officers spoke to Duffy and attempted to take a breath sample five times. He refused to provide an evidential sample but admitted having had one or two drinks in the pub, claiming he couldn't provide a sample because he suffered from asthma.
Duffy told officers he believed his lights were on at the time of the collision but later pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident, failing to remain at the scene, two charges of failing to provide a breath specimen and dangerous driving.
In his defence yesterday, the court heard that Duffy had been "using alcohol as a crutch" after his marriage had broken down and he had entered early guilty pleas.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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