Man who feel asleep at wheel killing young mother freed from jail

A driver who caused the death of a young mother after falling asleep at the wheel has walked free from prison after successfully appealing his sentence

Anthony Handley of Whitethorn Grove, Artane in Dublin has spent the past nine months in jail for dangerous driving causing the death of Olivia Dunne.

On January 17th 2014, the court heard previously that Olivia Dunne was out for a walk with her 15-week old baby Eabha when tragedy struck.

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Eye witnesses saw Mr. Handley’s car suddenly swerve without braking and mount a footpath near the entrance to Balbriggan Retail Park in Dublin.

Ms. Dunne, a 31-year-old primary school teacher, died instantly. Her daughter was seriously injured but survived.

Mr. Handley had slept for just four hours the night before. He got up at 5am, ate breakfast and went to the gym for a spin class.

An investigation concluded he must have fallen asleep at the wheel, and he pleaded guilty last April.

The Court of Appeal found he was unfairly penalised for his delay in entering a guilty plea and that insufficient weight was given to his mitigating factors.

The three-judge panel found his two-year sentence to be “unduly harsh” and they suspended the remaining 15 months of it today.