[quote=“tipptops*”]‘Halvey robbed me of my son and got slapped on wrists’
Kate Walsh: “Go out, play sports for Ireland, drink-drive, you can kill someone and you won’t get punished in court for it”
THE mother of a 16-year-old boy who was killed after former Irish rugby international Eddie Halvey crashed into a car he was a passenger in has said she still feels bitter towards the former Munster star and upset over the outcome of the case.
Kate Walsh, mother of Kevin Walsh, who was killed in the crash in the early hours of April 1, 2006, said: “He is a sportsman who played for Ireland and got a slap on the wrists in court today. It sent out the wrong message to everyone in Ireland today. Go out, play sports for Ireland, drink drive, you can kill someone and you won’t get punished in court for it, that is the reality. I feel very bitter towards Eddie Halvey.”
Kevin Walsh’s godfather, Vincent Tierney, said he was glad the case had concluded: “There is a sense of closure in that we can move someway on with out lives. The court has been looming over us all along and a lot of our attention was on the court case and not on our families and now I feel we can move on with our lives.”
In her victim impact statement Kate Walsh, from Bruff, said Eddie Halvey had robbed her of a lifetime with her son. “He robbed me of ever knowing what kind of person Kevin could have been,” she said adding that she would never forgive Mr Halvey for what he had done.
Directly addressing Mrs Walsh from the witness box, Eddie Halvey said: “No mother deserves to bury her son and I will have to live with the shame of this for the rest of my life. I truly am sorry for what I did to you and your family. I don’t expect forgiveness, I really don’t.”
Halvey’s former team-mate Mick Galwey told the court he believed Mr Halvey was remorseful about what happened. “Since the time of the accident, he is a different man and at times I worry about him. He had a great circle of friends and was well thought of but he left Limerick and moved to Dublin,” he said adding: “Any time I ever spoke to Eddie, he was always remorseful about it and his confidence is gone.”
Halvey received a sevenmonth suspended jail sentence and was disqualified from driving for seven years after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to the death of Bruff teenager Kevin Walsh. Kevin died in the early hours of April 1, 2006 after a Toyota Landcruiser being driven by Halvey crashed into the rear of a BMW car in which he was a back-seat passenger.
At Nenagh Circuit Court on Tuesday, Mr Halvey, 38, formerly of Allendale Hall, South Circular Road, Limerick, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Kevin Walsh, but guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving. He also pleaded guilty to being more than two-times over the legal alcohol limit on the date of the crash.
Judge Tomas Teehan was told that Kevin Walsh was travelling to Newry with two of his uncles to buy a car when the crash happened shortly after 5am near Toomevara, County Tipperary. The court was told the BMW being driven by Vincent Tierney was stopped at ^the time as there was cattle on the road.
Det Garda Declan O’Carroll said that Mr Halvey was arrested at the scene of the fatal crash and that subsequent breath tests showed there was an alcohol concentration of 83 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit at the time was 35 micrograms. Patrick Gageby, SC, for Mr Halvey, said there had been difficulties in establishing the exact circumstances of the collision. He said the DPP had changed his mind on three separate occasions and at one point had decided to withdraw the charges against his client.
“This matter is now three years down the road and not because Eddie Halvey was dithering and doddering,” he said adding: "It is a case, if contested, which would have been difficult.
Superb, sully the poor young boys memory even further, you are a vile creature. Halvey was loaded and piles over the limit, this bears no similarity to what Farmer is referring to.
You should be ashamed of yourself.