Killer driver jailed over new offence

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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A man who served a prison sentence for causing the death by dangerous driving of a west Belfast schoolgirl has been jailed after appearing in court on motoring offences.

Killer driver jailed over new offence
Marley appeared in court on new charges. (© UTV)

Henry Christopher Marley will spend 15 months in custody and a further 15 months on supervised licence when he is released from prison for committing driving offences last year.

The 31-year-old's address was given at HMP Maghaberry and he is formerly from Riverdale Park South in Belfast.

The offences were committed on 3 March 2013 whilst 31-year-old Marley, whose address was given at HMP Maghaberry and is formerly from Riverdale Park South in Belfast, was disqualified from driving - a ban which was imposed when he was jailed for causing the death by dangerous driving of 15-year old Debbie McComb.

The teenager died after she was hit crossing the Springfield Road in March 2002 by a stolen car driven by Marley.

Belfast Crown Court heard that on 3 March last year, police responded to a road traffic collision in the Dermott Hill Road area of the city during which a car crashed into two parked vehicles.

Witnesses to the collision said that following the crash, the male driver ran from the scene.

Following enquiries, officers called at the address of the owner of the vehicle which crashed into the other cars, where they located Marley.

It emerged the car belonged to Marley's partner, who told police: "I didn't let him drive. He took it before I even noticed."

When arrested, Marley told officers he got into the car and drove as he was in fear of his life.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to several offences including driving whilst disqualified and aggravated vehicle taking causing criminal damage.

Defence barrister Joe Brolly said his client has expressed genuine remorse for the motoring offences he committed in 2002, which resulted in the death of the schoolgirl.

Telling the court his client had suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of the fatal incident, Mr Brolly said Marley got behind the wheel of a car last March due to fears for his life following death threats.

Passing sentence, Judge Gordon Kerr QC spoke of Marley's "appalling driving-related record" but said that when he took the vehicle, Marley "may have felt threatened and tried to escape the threat."

In addition to the 30-month sentence, Judge Kerr also banned Marley from driving for 10 years.

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