Limerick Man who killed friend in crash stole alloy wheels

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A MAN who killed one of his best friends in a road crash more than seven years was told by a judge he should be driving the “slowest, dullest” car he can find.

A MAN who killed one of his best friends in a road crash more than seven years was told by a judge he should be driving the “slowest, dullest” car he can find.

At Limerick Court, Jonathan Kiely, aged 30, of Redwood Drive, Dooradoyle pleaded guilty to stealing a set of alloy wheels off a car at Cois Luchra, Dooradoyle on June 26, last.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Henry Street, said gardai were alerted to the theft at around 5pm.

He said when they responded, the injured party showed them a photograph on his phone of the alloy wheels, which were worth €600.

He said a short time later, investigating gardai observed the wheels on the defendant’s car.

Kiely, who has 49 previous convictions, made admissions to gardai following his arrest.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant was jailed for four years in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Tracey Franey, 23, in September 2005.

On that occasion, Kiely was driving a car near Caherconlish which clipped a tractor and trailer during an over-taking manoeuvre

Solicitor Ted McCarthy (pictured) said his client has a “poor record” but he said the father-of-two has settled down.

He said his client wished to apologise for his actions and he said his admissions had been important as there were no witnesses to the theft.

Judge O’Kelly said Kiely appeared to have “a sort of fascination with motor cars,” and he said: “You would think he would be driving the slowest, dullest vehicle he could possibly find.”

The judge said he was considering imposing a 200 hour community service order in lieu of an 8 months prison sentence.

He adjourned the case until January 9, next to facilitate the completion of a probation report.