Car dealer whose driving caused the death of a pensioner fails in a challenge to his motoring ban

Eileen Maguire who died in the collision

A Co Tyrone car dealer whose driving caused the death of a pensioner has failed in a challenge to his three-year motoring ban.

Lawyers for Damien Maguire claimed the disqualification period imposed on him for the collision which claimed the life of 69-year-old Eileen Maguire was manifestly excessive.

But judges in the Court of Appeal dismissed his case after describing the sentence handed down as "generous".

Mrs Maguire, a retired restaurant owner from Lisnarick, Co Fermanagh, died after the three-car crash near Fivemiletown in November 2013.

Three others were hurt in the accident on the Belfast Road.

Damien Maguire (43) from Knockonny Road in Ballygawley and unrelated to the deceased, pleaded guilty to causing her death by careless driving.

He also admitted causing grievous bodily injury to Mrs Maguire's husband and son, as well as his own wife, in the accident.

Earlier this year Damien Maguire, whose previously clear record was acknowledged, received a 240-hour community service order and three-year driving ban.

Appealing the disqualification period, his legal team stressed how it was three times the mandatory 12-month minimum term for the offence.

However, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan held that the serious injuries caused to three others in the crash were apparently not recognised as aggravating factors in the sentencing process before dismissing the appeal.

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