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Mother-of-four who killed motorist in drink-drive crash fails in bid to have jail term reduced

A mother-of-four who killed another motorist in a drink-driving incident has failed in a bid to have her jail term reduced.

Patricia McGrade (39) was ordered to serve 18 months of a three year sentence in prison for causing death by careless driving.

The classroom assistant had been behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Vectra which swerved and crashed into Kevan Hughes' Toyota Yaris in October 2011.

The 33-year-old victim died from injuries inflicted in the collision near his home on the Dooish Road, between Drumquin and Dromore, Co Tyrone.

McGrade, from Lettergash Road, Dromore, had been more than two times over the legal limit at the time.

She was sentenced earlier this year after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving with excess alcohol.

The trial judge set out how she had expressed remorse for her actions.

McGrade's challenge to the sentence imposed involved an examination of the decision to adopt stringent guidelines introduced in England and Wales.

Defence lawyers also focused on the impact imprisonment was having on her family.

But following the hearing three judges sitting at the Court of Appeal dismissed the case and affirmed the original sentence.

Full reasons for their decision will be given at a later stage.

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