Man jailed over road rage killing


A motorist was jailed for 12 years today for the manslaughter of a British man in a road rage attack in Dublin.

Construction worker Raymond Bates died in hospital four days after being beaten around the head with a hurley in Sandymount on September 26th, 2010.

Karl Donohoe, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was jailed at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

His victim, a father of three from Peterlee, Co Durham, was working in Ireland as a quality control inspector on a gas pipeline at the time of the attack.

The trial heard Mr Bates had drunk up to 10 pints of Guinness before getting behind the wheel of his four-wheel drive and tailgating and flashing Donohoe, who had his 18-month-old daughter in the car.

Witnesses said Donohoe, a crane worker from Tyrellstown, stopped in at the junction of Tritonville Road and Sandymout Road in Irishtown.

Both drivers got out of their cars and had an argument on the street, with Mr Bates shouting: “Don’t be braking like a f***ing fanny, just drive your f***ing car.”

Shortly afterwards Mr Bates overtook Donohoe’s vehicle and mounted a central island. The court was told Donohoe took a hurley from the boot of his car and hit Mr Bates’s vehicle as it blocked his path. He hit Mr Bates several times when he got out of the car, including a fatal blow to the left temple as he lay defenceless.

He died in hospital when his life-support machine was turned off on September 30th, 2010.