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Saturday 21 April 2018

Syringe raider admits causing death of boy (14)

JAILED: Man aready serving eight years in prison

GUILTY: Ruadhan Tracey, who is in prison for robbery, admitted causing the death of Conor Hickey
GUILTY: Ruadhan Tracey, who is in prison for robbery, admitted causing the death of Conor Hickey
Conor Hickey

A MAN has admitted careless driving causing the death of a 14-year-old boy.

Ruadhan Tracey (32), previously of Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, but now serving a separate prison sentence, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention causing the death of Conor Hickey at Fassaugh Road, Cabra, on December 2, 2011.

STABBING

He will be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on March 12 after the prosecuting counsel asked that the matter be adjourned until after the anniversary of the boy's death.

A hearing at Dublin District Court heard Tracey was accused of hitting Conor who was on his way to visit a friend. He died in hospital the next day.

Tracey is serving an eight-year term for a string of offences including stabbing a shopworker with a syringe, leaving him in need of 24-hour care. The father of one was also sentenced for holding up nine shops, eight of them within a five-week period around Christmas 2011.

Most of the incidents followed a similar pattern. He would enter the shop, threaten to give staff "the virus" and then flee with money from the register.

After being knocked down, Conor was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he died after his family made the decision to turn off the machine keeping him alive and donate his organs to help others.

It is understood some of his organs went to help two sick children – a seven-year-old and a 16-year-old. One of them is understood to be a cystic fibrosis sufferer.

BICYCLE

Conor, a second-year pupil at the local gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire, was the second young GAA player from the area to be killed on the same stretch of road.

In May 2007, 10-year-old Padraig McGillivray died when his bicycle was in collision with a Dublin Bus, also on Fassaugh Road.

Conor, who had been with Padraig earlier that day, was knocked down 200 yards from where that accident happened.

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