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Friday, July 25, 2008

Two men jailed over Emma Woodland death

Two men have been jailed for causing the death of a young limerick student in a road crash nearly two years ago.

25 year old GearĂ³id Cleary and 23 year old Roman Andreas were sentenced Friday at Limerick court in relation to the road crash in which a 19-year-old Limerick woman Emma Woodland was killed.

Romanas Andreas pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Emma Woodland at Ballysimon Road in Limerick on 9 September 2006.He was drunk at the time and the high-powered BMW he was driving at excessive speed collided with a Honda car driven by Gearoid Cleary.

Mr Cleary's car subsequently crashed into a Toyota Starlet car in which Ms Woodland was a backseat passenger. She died from her injuries. Mr Cleary contested the charge in court insisting he was never the cause of Ms Woodland's death, but he was found guilty by a jury in July.

Ms Woodland's brother Ian said the loss of his only sibling had left his family's life torn apart, and they were living in a never-ending nightmare.

Via RTE News

Mr. Cleary was given a 4 year jail term while Mr. Andreas received a three-year sentence.

The prosecution had alleged that the two men were racing on the Ballysimon Road at high speeds when the collision occurred.

Related Stories on Limerick NewsWire
Man found guilty in dangerous driving case (June 10 ,2008)
Two sent forward for trial over fatal crash (Jan 4, 2007)
Man further charged after crash (Sept 19, 2006)
Prisoner beaten in Limerick prison cell (Sept 13, 2006)
19-year-old killed in late night crash (Sept 9, 2006)

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