Man in court charged with careless driving causing the death of a motorcyclist
A NORTHERN Ireland man has appeared in court charged with careless driving causing the death of a motorcyclist in a road crash on Dublin’s quays.
Patrick McArdle (47) is facing trial on the charge, following the death of a motorcyclist who was killed instantly in a collision with a truck last summer.
The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.
Mr McArdle, with an address at Forest Park, Drumintee, Co Armagh is charged with driving without due care and attention, causing the death of Slawomir Korytowski, a Lithuanian national.
The offence is alleged to have happened at North Wall Quay on July 3 last year.
Garda Sergeant Karl Murray told the court he arrested the defendant by arrangement at Store Street Garda Station at 1.47am this morning.
He made no reply to the charge after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.
Sgt Murray agreed with the defendant’s lawyer that Mr McArdle attended the station voluntarily for the purpose of charge.
The sgt said the charge related to a traffic accident last year and the DPP had directed trial on indictment.
He applied for an adjournment and said he had no objections to bail. The accused was from outside the jurisdiction and had attended freely today, having travelled from the north.
The accused was consenting to a six to eight week remand for the preparation of a book of evidence, his solicitor said.
Judge John Lindsay granted bail in Mr McArdle’s own bond of €300, with an independent surety of €1,000.
Under bail conditions, he must notify the gardai of any change of address. The judge granted free legal aid after a statement of the defendant’s financial means was handed in to court.
Sgt Murray said he was aware that the accused was not currently working.
Mr McArdle, wearing a light grey suit, did not address the court during the brief hearing.
He is due to appear in court again on a date in May.