Thursday 19 October 2017

Young man sent for trial charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a toddler in Phoenix Park

Little Venessa Siatka
Little Venessa Siatka

Andrew Phelan

A YOUNG man has been sent for trial charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a toddler in the Phoenix Park.

Ciaran Lane (24) had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court today.

Judge Anthony Halpin sent him forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Lane, a father-of-one of Ashington Avenue, Cabra, is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Vanessa Siatka (1).

The offence is alleged to have happened at Ratra Triangle in the Phoenix Park on April 6 last.

He is also charged with two counts of dangerous driving - at the Maple Centre car park, Cabra and at Ashington Avenue.

He is further charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant and without insurance at Ratra Triangle on the same date.

The court heard the book of evidence was ready and it was served on the defendant.

Judge Halpin gave Mr Lane the formal notice that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

The judge then sent him for trial to the current sittings of the circuit court. He remanded him on bail under existing conditions.

No plea has yet been entered by the defendant.

All the charges against him are under the Road Traffic Act.

Venessa Siatka was a month short of her second birthday when she was allegedly hit by a car in the Phoenix Park near the Ashtown Gate.

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