Term increase likely for drink-driving causing death
on 24/09/2013 00:00:00
McArdle drank almost three and a half times the legal alcohol limit and was on the wrong side of the road when he drove into Stephen Connolly's car on Dec 27, 2010.
Mr Connolly's wife Roisin and their unborn child were killed. Glen Curtis and Paul Carroll, passengers in McArdle's car, also died.
The final year of McArdle's term was suspended and he was banned from driving for 12 years. He was released on Aug 29, having voluntarily entered custody in May 2011.
Returning judgement, Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell said the appeal court did not accept the offence was a "momentary lapse of concentration", but found it was an "utterly predictable" consequence of driving after drinking "a large amount of alcohol".
He said that, as McArdle had little regard for the consequences of his actions and in view of previous drink-driving convictions, the offence was on the higher end of the scale of seriousness.
Mr Justice O'Donnell said the sentencing of McArdle for two months and direct the preparation of reports which would let the court consider whether it would be possible not to extend the custodial portion of the term imposed.