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Bereaved mother’s plea for clemency for motorcyclist

Published: 30 May 2014 08:300 comments

A 30-year-old motorcyclist who crashed into a bridge, killing his girlfriend who was riding pillion passenger, has appeared at Fermanagh Court.

The scene of the fatal accident at Ballycassidy Bridge in 2008. <<

Gintaras Skardinskas, of Scallon Road, Irvinestown, was fined £400 and given eight penalty points following an appeal for clemency from the dead woman’s mother.

Skardinskas admitted that he was not insured and had a defective tyre.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he had read a “moving letter” from the mother of the girl who was killed.

“Clearly she speaks very highly of you and the actions you have taken since the tragic death of her daughter,” he told Skardinskas.

The District Judge pointed out that the charges before him were for driving without insurance and having a defective tyre. There was no allegation that Skardinskas’s driving was careless or dangerous.

He said he was also taking into account the fact that the fatal crash occurred in 2008 and the time that has passed since then.

A prosecutor had described how Skardinskas was riding his motorcycle along the Kesh to Enniskillen road on St. Patrick’s Day 2008 when he crashed at Ballycassidy Bridge.

His 22-year-old girlfriend, Huberta Zaldokatie, from The Meadows, Irvinestown, was a pillion passenger on the bike and was killed. Skardinskas was interviewed and admitted that he was not insured and had a defective tyre.

The prosecutor said that although the tyre was “devoid of tread this had absolutely no contributory factor towards the collision itself”.

Referring to the delay in bringing the case to court, the prosecutor explained that since the crash Skardinskas has repeatedly moved address and hasn’t contacted the police and that created a difficulty.

Defence solicitor Tony McGettigan told the court this “tragic event” occurred when Skardinskas was 24 and had the effect of “settling my client down”.

He said the dead girl’s mother “spoke highly of him and appealed for clemency for him”. As was the custom in their native Lithuania he supported the dead woman’s mother and even though he now has a partner and child continues to support her financially when he can.

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