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Dangerous driving Thiago Cortes’ dad slams two-year sentence for killer who knocked down Deliveroo rider

Two years? It passes very fast, it will hardly give this boy time to reflect on the misfortune he brought to our family”

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Thiago Cortes with fiancée Tereza Oliveira

Thiago Cortes with fiancée Tereza Oliveira

Thiago Cortes with fiancée Tereza Oliveira

The father of Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes has hit out at the two-year sentence handed down to the driver who caused the death of his son.

Mr Cortes was knocked by a then sixteen-year-old boy in August 2020.

The underage driver was speeding at 79 km/h in a 50km/h zone at the time.

The Brazilian native suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital on September 2.

Mr Cortes came to Ireland with his fiancé to study English and was working with the food delivery service Deliveroo when the collision occurred.

He was attempting to turn right onto North Wall Quay when the accused boy drove through a red light and struck Mr Cortes with the car.

In an interview with the Irish Daily Star, the late Mr Cortes’s father said the two-year prison sentence “trivialises” the life of his son, and the sentence is making a generation of “criminals who make fun of justice”.

Last week, the now 17-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Cortes.

The court heard the teenager drove away from the scene after the incident and abandoned the car, fleeing with the car passengers.

Mr Cortes’s father said “Fair? Just two years in prison for taking a life. No, I don’t think so. It trivialises life”, he told the paper.

“The fact that he is a problematic ‘boy’ as described in the court decision should not be a factor in easing his sentence”, said the father.

“No amount of incarceration would bring my son Thiago Cortes back, but it would be an example for other boys from unstructured families to stop to think about the consequences of their actions.

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“Two years? It passes very fast, it will hardly give this boy time to reflect on the misfortune he brought to our family”, he said.

The father said the family will not be appealing the judge’s decision due to the suffering it has already brought the family and the late Mr Cortes’s fiancé.


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