Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 41-year-old Tuam man will be sentenced this Friday having pleaded guilty today to a single charge of dangerous driving which caused the deaths of two baby sisters near Tuam eighteen months ago.
Two-year-old Kate Gilmore and her 12-week-old sister Grace, died following a collision on the N17 in Tuam, in October 2012.
John O’Connor, with an address at 5 Waterslade Downs, Tuam, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the Demesne, (pron Domain) Tuam on 21 October, 2012, which caused the deaths of Kate and Grace Gilmore.
Sentencing in the case has been adjourned to this Friday.
State prosecutor, Patrick McGrath SC, told the brief hearing that the plea met the case against the accused for the DPP and in due course a nolle prosequi would be entered on the outstanding charges.
These outstanding charges are, failing to remain at the scene of an accident; dangerous driving at another location in Tuam on the same date and failing to make a required declaration on a driving licence application.
John Jordan SC for the defence said it would take 90 minutes to hear the facts at the sentence hearing.
Judge Rory McCabe said “This is a particularly tragic case and I’m happy it has been dealt with in the manner in which it has”.
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