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Jail ‘may not be appropriate’ for killer drivers, says judge

Jailing some motorists who cause death by careless driving may not be appropriate, Northern Ireland's most senior judge has said.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan stressed the need to consider culpability in each case as he reduced the prison term imposed on a man responsible for a fatal road accident in Co Antrim.

Conrad Doole, of Mount Street, Coleraine, had his 12-month sentence cut to nine months by the Court of Appeal.

Doole (38) was driving a van which struck Robert Callaghan as he walked his three greyhounds close to his home on the Causeway Road, Bushmills last March.

Ruling on the appeal, Sir Declan, sitting with Lord Justices Higgins and Girvan, said it was a case which required a prison sentence but was not one shading into the category close to dangerous driving.

He held: “We do not consider that any exceptional factors arise in this case and accordingly we allow the appeal to the extent of varying the term of imprisonment to one of nine months.”

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