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Hurley stick road rage man jailed for killing father of three Raymond Bates

Republic of Ireland man Karl Donohoe has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of a British driver in a road rage attack in Dublin.

Building worker Raymond Bates died in hospital four days after being beaten around the head with a hurley stick in a south Dublin suburb on September 26 2010.

Karl Donohoe, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was jailed at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

His victim, a father of three from Peterlee, Co Durham, was working in Ireland as a quality control inspector on a gas pipeline at the time of the attack.

Mr Bates' widow, Brenda, shouted "Yes" when the sentence was read out before she burst into tears and had to be helped from the courtroom.

The last two years of the jail term were suspended on condition of a 1,000 euro (£820) bond and on the basis that Donohoe stays away from the Bates family.

It is believed to be the first road-rage killing in Ireland.

The court had previously heard that Donohoe looked possessed during the attack.

Mr Bates had drunk up to 10 pints of Guinness in a pub before driving his Mitsubishi Pajero and tailgating and flashing Donohoe, who was travelling with his 18-month-old daughter.

Witnesses said Donohoe stopped in Irishtown, where both drivers got out of their cars and had an argument on the street, with Mr Bates shouting: "Don't be braking like a f****** fanny, just drive your f****** car."

Shortly afterwards, Mr Bates overtook Donohoe's Toyota Rav 4 and mounted a central island before cutting in on the Dublin man, who later claimed he feared he was going to be rammed off the road.

When the cars later stopped, Donohoe took a hurley stick and hit the Mitsubishi Pajero as it blocked his path, and then hit Mr Bates several times when he got out of the car, including a fatal blow to the left temple as he lay defenceless on the ground.

As Mr Bates lay in a coma in hospital, Donohoe told investigators he hoped the victim "f****** dies" as he got what he deserved.

Mr Justice Paul Carney told the packed courtroom he was imposing the lengthy jail term on four grounds:

  • "The accused appointed himself sheriff and enforcer in respect to Mr Bates's bad and drunken driving," he said.
  • "The savagery of the beating of the beating administered.
  • "The accused words in the aftermath of the case which can but be airbrushed out of it.
  • "The devastating effects on the family."

Donohoe's partner and family cried as he was led away by prison officers.

The judge said it was the second road rage homicide to have appeared before him in a short space of time.

"These cases outrage the community in a way that no other does," he continued.

"I know this from the signed, addressed, stamped hate mail which I received after the last case, because of the menacing nature of the correspondence to An Garda Siochana.

"I have not and I am not dealing with a case of murder like my correspondence called it.

"The DPP accepted a plea of manslaughter which is a wholly different crime capable of carrying a suspended sentence."



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