A man who killed two Roscommon women in a road accident twelve years ago and who last week was given a four months custodial term after a hit-and-run in County Antrim in September, has avoided jail after an appeal hearing.
In 2005, Paul Patrick Duffy, who had an address in Westport, County Mayo, at the time, was an unaccompanied learner driver when he killed 48-year-old Marian Maye and her 77-year-old aunt Kathleen Fitzpatrick from Lisacul, County Roscommon
At last week’s Magistrates Court, Duffy had been given a four months jail term; a two year driving ban and a £100 fine and was released on his own bail of £500 pending appeal after the court heard with drink taken, Duffy was on the wrong side of a road without lights at midnight and hit a vehicle on September 4.
He accepted his conviction but had appealed the sentence he received.
Today, following an appeal hearing at Antrim County Court, the four months jail term was scrapped and instead Duffy has been placed on Probation for a year.