Eight years in jail for banned driver who killed boy (12)
A disqualified driver who killed a 12-year-old boy when he fell off the back of his motorbike has been jailed for eight years.
While killer driver Andrew Morrow was wearing a helmet, his schoolboy passenger Daniel Mooney was not.
Daniel died from head injuries he sustained in the crash in May last year, just a week after his father Frederick warned Morrow not to let his son on the scrambler motorcycle because “I don't trust your driving”.
Jailing Morrow (34) at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Corinne Philpott QC said that despite going through the courts numerous times to amass his 72 previous driving offences, “he has failed to pay any heed to the driving laws”.
She labelled him as a dangerous offender, posing a “significant risk” to members of the public.
The Deputy Recorder of Belfast told Morrow, who callously drove away after seeing his pillion passenger skid under a parked car, that instead of being released half way through his sentence, it will be up to the parole commissioners as to when and under what conditions he should be released.
She added that when he is freed, he will serve an extra three years on licence.
Morrow, from Vara Drive in north Belfast, pleaded guilty to causing Daniel's death by driving dangerously on Mountcoole Park on May 15 last year and to other charges of causing the schoolboy's death by driving while disqualified and without insurance, as well as charges of failing to remain and failing to report an accident.
Alongside Morrow in the dock was 20-year-old Dean McComb, but he walked free from the court after Judge Philpott suspended his 18-month term for three years.
McComb, from North Queen Street, also in north Belfast, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance.
Handing Morrow a 10-year driving ban and McComb a two-year ban, the judge said it is “quite clear to this court that the ultimate responsibility for this lies with Mr Morrow”.
An only child and talented dog shower, Daniel was riding as a pillion passenger on Morrow's scrambler motorbike when he fell off, skidded under a parked car and died from head injuries.
Not only was the schoolboy not wearing a helmet, a previous court heard, but the motorbike was not designed for a passenger, so there were neither foot rests nor hand grips for him to hold onto.