Thursday 8 December 2016

Man is charged over the death of soccer's star's dad

Andrew Phelan

Published 28/11/2015 | 08:40

Eugene Maher, a father of two, was knocked off his bike while cycling in the Clontarf area on June 30th, 2015. Photograph via Twitter
Eugene Maher, a father of two, was knocked off his bike while cycling in the Clontarf area on June 30th, 2015. Photograph via Twitter
Eugene Maher
Stephen Maher

A Dublin man has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a cyclist in an alleged hit-and-run incident.

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Christopher Coleman (26) was ordered not to drive any vehicle as part of his bail conditions when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

He is facing trial charged in connection with the death of Eugene Maher (62) earlier this year.

Mr Maher was the father of Drogheda United star, Stephen Maher.

Judge Anthony Halpin granted bail and adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Coleman, of Reuben Street, Dublin 8 is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Maher at the junction of Clontarf Road and the Howth Road on June 30 last.

Christopher Coleman (of Reuben Street, Dublin 8, charged with dangerous driving causting death and failure to remain at the scene) leaving CCJ, Parkgate Street, Dublin.
Christopher Coleman (of Reuben Street, Dublin 8, charged with dangerous driving causting death and failure to remain at the scene) leaving CCJ, Parkgate Street, Dublin.
General view of junction of Howth Road and Clontarf Road, Marino/Clontarf, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

He is also accused of failing to remain at the scene of a collision and driving without insurance or a licence.

The offences, under the Road Traffic Act, are alleged to have happened on June 30.

Arrested

Garda Lyn Connaughton told the court she arrested the defendant at Reuben Street yesterday morning and brought him to Clontarf Garda Station.

He made no reply after caution to any of 10 charges that were put to him and was handed a copy of the charge sheets.

Barrister Ann Sheridan applied for bail and Garda Connaughton said there was no objection subject to conditions.

These are that the accused signs on at Kilmainham Garda Station once weekly, continues to live at his home address and notifies gardai of any change of address.

He must also "not drive or attempt to drive" any vehicle.

Judge Halpin set bail in the accused's own bond of €200.

Garda Connaughton said the DPP was directing trial on indictment. This means the case will be sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book of evidence is ready.

Judge Halpin granted free legal aid after Ms Sheridan said the defendant was unemployed.

Mr Coleman did not address the court during the brief hearing. Judge Halpin adjourned the case to a date in January.

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