The late Aisling Brady
A man is due to be sentenced tomorrow afternoon at Longford Circuit Court after pleading guilty to careless driving causing the death of Lanesboro native Aisling Brady (20) in 2015.
Ms Brady, who was attempting to turn right into the veterinary clinic along the N4 at the time of the accident on January 7 of that year, was hit from behind and her car forced out onto the west side of the road where it collided with an oncoming jeep.
The 20-year-old student sustained serious brain injuries in the crash and died in hospital six weeks later on February 28.
David Kenny (34), 7 Devine Crescent, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge Keenan Johnson and told a packed courtroom today that he was sorry for all the pain and suffering his actions had caused to the Brady family.
In her victim impact statement, Aisling’s sister Michelle said her family had been left devastated by the young woman’s death.
But, before she issued her statement to the court, Michelle placed a framed photograph of Aisling on the ledge beside her and told those gathered that they would be able to put a face to her beautiful sister when she spoke about her.
“I am now a shell of who I am, who I once was, who we all were as a family,” she added.
Michelle also pointed to the fact that it was the first impact on the evening of the accident that resulted in her sister sustaining serious brain injuries, and that came from the vehicle that was being driven by Mr Kenny.
“When Aisling died I finally realised what it was like to lose someone that you love,” she continued, after indicating that the family had subsequently attended six court sittings before the defendant finally pleaded guilty to the charge before the Judge.
“Then the plea only came at the last minute - this as well as his letter of apology now is too little too late.”
The court also heard that Mr Kenny made no effort to contact the Brady family since the accident, nor did he make any effort [until now] to apologise to them for what happened.
“I never imagined I would lose my sister; my best friend,” Michelle told Judge Johnson.
“There was only 16 months between us and we were best friends.
“For 20 years we were side by side and now I have to go on without her.
“She dreamed of being a paleontologist and now she is lying in a cold graveyard in Lanesboro.”
A clearly emotional Judge Johnson then expressed his deepest condolences to the Brady family.
“I find these cases so emotional and I am sorry that you have had six visits to Longford Court,” he continued, before pointing to the fact that Michelle Brady had paid a “wonderful tribute” to her sister.
“You have done her proud today and you will never forget Aisling.
“Aisling would want you to get on with your lives and doing that would be the best tribute you could pay to her.”
Meanwhile, Judge Johnson said he would adjourn sentencing until tomorrow as he wanted time to consider the matter before him.
“I don’t want to rush this highly emotive case,” he concluded.