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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing deaths of eight men in Donegal crash

Stephen Maguire

Published 22/07/2014 | 13:02

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Shaun Kelly is accused of causing the deaths of eight people in a car crash at Meenaduff in 2010
Shaun Kelly is accused of causing the deaths of eight people in a car crash at Meenaduff in 2010
Shaun Kelly leaving  Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was accused with causing a July 2010 road traffic accident in which eight people died.
Shaun Kelly leaving Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was accused with causing a July 2010 road traffic accident in which eight people died.

The Co Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in Inishowen in 2010 has sensationally pleaded guilty.

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The trial of Shaun Kelly was due to begin today with defense barrister Peter Nolan saying it could last more than one week.

Kelly, 25, of Hill Head, Buncrana appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court as did the families of those who died in the crash outside Clonmany.

Mr Kelly had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge shortly before 11am.

A jury panel of six men and six woman was then sworn in.

However when the case was due to commence, Mr Kelly asked to be re-arraigned and changed his plea to guilty.

Judge O’Hagan released Mr Kelly on his bail until December 9th.

He ordered all the appropriate medical reports be carried out on Mr Kelly.

Judge O’Hagan then addressed members of the families who had come to court.

He told them “Something distressing but positive has happened and I hope it gives you some closure on the affair.”

He then informed them of Mr Kelly’s decision to plead guilty.

He then asked one member of each family to provide a victim impact statement to be presented in the future.

He also asked each family to nominate one family member to read out that report at a future sitting.

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