Fatal crash driver gets four years

Laura Robinson and Leigh Creany: faces of the dead

**I am including this story because I find it just unbelievable all the way around--that Mullin was actually questioned before the accident and yet allowed to keep on driving when she was so very far over the legal limit for intoxication; that there was no trial but only a judge making pronouncement (oh, I forget myself, wanting a TRIAL) even though Mullin had clung to her assertion that she was not drunk and unfit until a week before her trial was due to begin; and that Mullin received a paltry 4 years for what she did. You take a look at these two beautiful young faces and ask yourself if two years for each of them will cover Mullin's debt. I think not. And I also think that whoever in traffic branch questioned her before the accident and allowed her to go on her way should have their asses hauled up on charges as well.

Fatal crash driver gets four years

Laura Robinson and Leigh Creany were killed
A County Tyrone woman who killed two people while driving drunk down the wrong side of a Northern Ireland motorway has been given a four-year sentence.

Mary Celine Mullin, 55, from Beragh in County Tyrone was three and a half times over the legal limit when she crashed her Land Rover into a car on the M1 between Lurgan, County Armagh, and Moira in County Down.

Laura Robinson, 21, and her 19-year-old work colleague Leigh Creany died in the accident on 5 June last year.

Mullin had made a U-turn on the slip road leading from the M1 to Lurgan then set off towards Belfast in the fast lane of the wrong carriageway.

On Monday, at Craigavon Crown Court, Judge Desmond Curran recommended that Mullin be allowed to serve her sentence in the hospital wing of Maghaberry prison near Lisburn.

Plea change

The families of the two women described the sentence as "too lenient".

In June, Mullin pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in the head-on collision.

She had also originally denied driving whilst unfit, but changed her plea to guilty a week before her trial was due to begin.

The family of Laura Robinson said they were disappointed there had been no trial, as they felt there were still questions to be answered about the girls' deaths.

They said Mullin had been spoken to by traffic branch officers before the crash but was allowed to go on her way.

Louise Robinson's family have called for a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the collision.

The Police Ombudsman's office confirmed in June that it had received a complaint surrounding the incident and said the allegations were being investigated.

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