THE 29-year-old publican who killed three people and an unborn child just outside of Carrickmacross last Christmas has said he would “never forgive himself” for what he did.
Kevin McArdle, of Longfield, Carrickmacross appeared before Monaghan Circuit Court last Tuesday and was sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan to four years in jail, with the final year suspended.
Addressing the court McArdle said; “I am deeply sorry. I hope some day you can find it in your hearts to forgive me, as I cannot forgive myself”.
Giving evidence in court Supt Noel Cunningham said that he estimated that McArdle had drunk nine pints of beer and five glasses of brandy.
The court how a McArdle got into his BMW and when driving on the N2 he swerved onto the wrong of side of the road. He hit the back and side of an Opel Vectra which managed to partially evade him.
The car travelling behind the Opel which was carrying Roisin Connolly, a pregnant school teacher from Dublin, and her partner hit McArdles BMW head-on. The crash ultimately killed Connolly and her unborn child, as well as two men travelling in McArdle’s car who were named as Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, both 27.
Supt Cunningham told the court that when McArdle was questioned by gardai, after the crash, he refused to name those in the car with him, but asked: “Am I going to be done for manslaughter? How many people have I killed?”
Judge O’Hagan said the fact that McArdle was driving a high-performance car without insurance, coupled with the drinking, was the behaviour of “somebody who has utter contempt for what happens.”
The fact that McArdle had voluntarily gone into custody, after announcing his decision to plead guilty last May was taken into account. His guilty plea to drink driving and driving without insurance were also taken into account.
He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years.