Northern Ireland

Charles Anthony Joseph Barrett admits more driving offences

A banned driver who killed an off-duty nurse in a drunken car smash 13 years ago has pleaded guilty to yet more driving offences.

Charles Anthony Joseph Barrett, 36, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance on the Falls Road on 29 June last year.

Thirteen years ago Barrett admitted causing an accident in west Belfast that killed Maureen Sheehan.

He was remanded in custody.

In March 2000, Mrs Sheehan, a mother-of-seven was on her way to work when her car was hit by Barrett's, along with another vehicle.

In April 2001, Barrett, whose address at the time was Marchioness Green, Belfast, but is now of no fixed abode, was jailed for seven years and banned from driving for ten years after he admitted causing Mrs Sheehan's death by dangerous driving.

Later in 2001, he was handed an additional two years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to hijacking a taxi and driving it dangerously just three days after being granted bail for killing Mrs Sheehan.

At Belfast Crown Court on Monday, Judge Gordon Kerr QC remanded Barrett into custody and adjourned passing sentence until next month when pre-sentence probation reports have been compiled.