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I'm glad the judge saw through their lies, but Kinneys should have got tougher sentences

The Arbuckles

By Victoria Leonard

The father of 20-year-old Ballycastle woman Clodagh Arbuckle, who was given a 30% chance of survival after the crash in 2015, says that his young daughter has been left with "life-changing injuries".

Brave Clodagh sustained a brain injury, collapsed lungs, broken ribs and lacerations to her kidney and liver in the incident, and had to put her plans to study at John Moores University in Liverpool to become a special needs teacher on hold.

"I think that Kevin Kinney should have been given more of a prison sentence, and Sharon Kinney should have got a custodial sentence," dad Liam told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I'm glad the judge saw through their lies. On the day of the accident I was heading to work and I passed the ambulances. I didn't know Clodagh had been involved until I got to Belfast.

"The first month was the hardest, as we didn't know if she would recover or not.

"It was the happiest day of my life when she phoned me to get her a McDonald's. I never thought I would hear her speak again.

"I am so thankful to the first responders, the Causeway Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital's ICU and Musgrave Park's Regional Acquired Brain Injuries Unit.

"I would also like to thank the Collision Investigation Unit, as without their determination we would never have got justice."

Her proud dad says the family hope she will be able to return to her studies some day.

"She has drive and determination, and we are hoping that she will still go to university, but we don't know when," he continued.

"Up to a point Clodagh can do basically anything, but she gets confused sometimes and mixes words up.

"She can be a bit Jekyll and Hyde, but that is the brain injury. It has been life-changing for all her family.

"Each day is a journey for us. With the injury that she suffered it's three years before she can start to make such a recovery that it could maybe be a lasting recovery.

"She took off so well at the start of her recovery and it has really slowed to a crawl. She has good days, bad days, she's hoping to pursue her career again and get to university.

"So fingers crossed one day she will get to university and we'll get to see her graduate."

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