Published Friday, 27 September 2013
Tributes at the scene of the fatal road crash at the M5 roundabout, Newtownabbey (© Pacemaker)
Barra McGrory QC argued in the Court of Appeal that the 15-month term imposed on Mary McLaughlin was unduly lenient.
The 47-year-old, from Dillons Avenue, Newtownabbey, was convicted of causing the death of Rebecca McManus, 27, by dangerous driving in October 2010.
She was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily injury to four other people in the car she collided with at a motorway roundabout.
In July a judge at Belfast Crown Court ordered her to serve five months in jail and the rest of her sentence on supervised licence conditions.
She was also banned from driving for 10 years.
McLaughlin suffered a blackout at the wheel of her car at the M5 roundabout in Newtownabbey and crashed into another vehicle carrying five friends from the nearby Northern Regional College.
Rebecca McManus was in a back seat and killed instantly.
The others suffered serious injuries.
Witnesses to the fatal crash said McLaughlin was "slumped" behind the wheel with her eyes closed and "drooling".
It was the prosecution case that despite being issued with a three-year licence, she knew it was dangerous for her to drive but carried on regardless.
McLaughlin, a mother-of-three, told the court that she would never have driven if she did not feel safe to do so.
She claimed that despite suffering from repeated blackouts since 2004, a medical condition that resulted in her being medically retired from her finance job at the Northern Trust, she had come to know the warning signs of an oncoming attack.
In court on Friday, Mr McGrory contended that her sentence should be increased.
He pointed to misinformation she gave about her condition as showing higher culpability.
The Director also claimed there was no apparent justification for reducing the sentence down to 15 months.
Following further submissions, the three appeal judges adjourned the application until next week.
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