Drunk driver sentence referred to Appeal Court for being too lenient

The three and a half year prison sentence given to a Northern Ireland man who knocked down and killed an 18-year-old in Belfast while drink driving is to be referred to the Court of Appeal on grounds of leniency.

David Lee Stewart, aged 31 from Belfast, had drank 6 pints of beer and 4 Jagerbombs, a mix of a spirit and an energy drink before getting behind the wheel in October 2014. There were also traces of drugs, including cocaine, in his system. He drove his van into Enda Dolan, an 18-year-old Queen's student, carrying him on the roof for 800 yards before stopping. He died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Mr Stewart was given a three and a half year prison sentence with a further three and a half years on licence. The sentence was criticised for being too lenient and it has today been confirmed that it will be referred to the Appeal Court.