Thursday 25 December 2014

Trial of man accused of causing deaths of eight to take place in July

Greg Harkin

Published 21/05/2014 | 11:53

Shaun Kelly is accused of causing the deaths of eight people in a car crash at Meenaduff in 2010. Photo: PA
Shaun Kelly is accused of causing the deaths of eight people in a car crash at Meenaduff in 2010. Photo: PA

A JUDGE hearing the case of a man accused of causing the deaths of eight people by dangerous driving has ordered that his trial must go ahead in July.

Shaun Kelly, from Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, Co Donegal, is accused of causing the deaths during road traffic incidents in Inishowen in July 2010.

At a sitting at Donegal Town Circuit Court today, Judge John O’Hagan fixed a hearing date for July 15 before a jury in Letterkenny.

The judge said his decision was peremptory against both defence and prosecution, explaining the trial must go ahead as planned.

A ‘fitness to plead’ application by the defence was withdrawn today.

Some relatives of those who died stood at the back of the court listening intently to today’s proceedings.

The men who died in the crash in Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22) of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.

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