THE DPP have won a case appealing the leniency of a sentence handed down to a Carrickmacross man who killed three people and an unborn child.
Kevin McArdle, Longfield, Carrickmacross had just finisehd a four-year sentence for dangerous driving causing death.
The DPP appealed the case as they felt it unduly lenient and that it was a case of an “accident waiting to happen”.
The State argued that due to the matter of drink consumed, the speed, and the previous convictions for drink driving and driving with no insurance, that the sentence was too lenient.
The judge agreed with State’s argument and said that it was ‘not a matter of principal, but a matter of law’ that the sentence was too lenient.
McArdle was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when he killed two of his best friends and the pregnant driver of the car he hit in a horrific head on collison.
Roisin Connolly (38), who was pregnant and travelling in a car with her husband, died, as did Paul Carroll (27) and Glen Curtis (28), who were travelling in the car with McArdle.
Roisin’s unborn child, named Catherine, also died a short time later despite the best efforts of the medical team at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
It transpired that McArdle had drank nine pints of lager and five glasses of brandy on the day of the fatal crash.
Solicitors acting on behalf of McArdle said that he had served his time for this crime which he admitted full culpability for, and suggested that community service might be more appropriate.
His case has been adjounred for eight weeks, when McArdle will learn of his fate.