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Irish driver who killed two children in Hungary to serve sentence in Ireland

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Irish driver who killed two children in Hungary to serve sentence in Ireland

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An Irish driver involved in a fatal car crash near the Hungarian capital Budapest will be allowed to serve most of his sentence in Ireland.

Ciaran Tobin was convicted in his absence for killing two children 14 years ago.

The Irish High and Supreme Courts dismissed extradition requests because Tobin did not flee Hungary. His passport was returned to him and he left lawfully.

Ciaran Tobin was driving along a street in Léanfalu village near Budapest when his car mounted the pavement and hit Marton Zoltai, 5, and his sister Petra, 2.

Tobin agreed to initially serve time in Hungary, then continue his prison term in Ireland.

The father of the girls just wants him to have time to reflect: “Indeed he must serve his sentence, and serve it in Ireland if that is more acceptable to him, we don’t care about that, but he should have the time to think about what he did,” said Zoltai.

Tobin served four days in a Hungarian jail before being transferred to a prison in Ireland.

Andrea Hajagos, euronews correspondent in Budapest, reported: “The Irishman can ask for amnesty in his home country, in theory, but according to Irish legal experts, only those who suffered serious legal injustice would be granted amnesty.”