Tuesday 25 July 2017

Truck driver sent to trial charged with dangerous driving causing death of woman (47) in M50 crash

Barry Grogan, Thornville Ave., Kilbarrack charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death pictured after leaving Blanchardstown District Court on bail
Barry Grogan, Thornville Ave., Kilbarrack charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death pictured after leaving Blanchardstown District Court on bail

Andrew Phelan

A truck driver has been sent for trial charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a woman who was fatally injured in a road accident on the M50.

Barry Grogan (36) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court today.

He is charged in connection with a collision between two trucks and a car, after which Martina Loughlin (47) died.

Judge David McHugh sent him forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Grogan, with an address at Thornville Avenue, Kilbarrack is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death.

The offence is alleged to have happened on the southbound carriageway of the M50 at the Lucan Junction on November 11, 2015.

Today, Judge McHugh was told the DPP was directing trial on indictment and a book of evidence was ready to be served. A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the case being sent for trial to the present sittings of the circuit court.

The judge gave Mr Grogan the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of the accused’s garda interview video. He granted free legal aid after a statement of the defendant’s financial means was handed in to court by his solicitor.

The lawyer also asked for both junior and senior counsel to be covered by legal aid given “the seriousness and complexity” of the case.

Judge McHugh asked for an outline of what was involved.

“There was an accident causing death,” the defendant’s solicitor said. He asked for the judge to make the order “given the death and the technical nature” of the case.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid to cover both counsel “given the nature and seriousness of the allegations.”

Mr Grogan, wearing a grey suit, white shirt and grey tie, sat with the book of evidence in his lap and did not address the court during the brief proceedings.

Mr Grogan first came before the court when he was charged last November. On that occasion, Garda Sergeant Shay Leonard told the court Mr Grogan made no reply to the charge after caution.

Gardai had no objection to bail on condition that the accused sign on once weekly at a garda station.

Judge McHugh granted bail in the defendant’s own bond of €100 with no cash lodgment required. He must sign each Saturday at Raheny Garda Station between 9am and 9pm.

The charge against him is under Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act.

Ms Loughlin, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, died following the collision at 5.30am on the morning in question.

According to gardai, she was the sole occupant of the car and was seriously injured.

She was taken to Tallaght Hospital where she was pronounced dead on November 13, 2015.

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