Saturday 23 November 2019

Court bails man facing charges in Australia

Aodhan O'Faolain

A MAN wanted in Australia to face charges of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two backpackers in 2007 has been granted bail on strict conditions.

The Australian authorities are seeking the extradition of Meath man Eamon Mark Driver (29) on charges of causing the death of Colm Reilly (20), from Slane, Co Meath, and Kiara Duncan (20), from Kentstown, Co Meath, by dangerous driving.

Mr Driver, a single man currently on disability payments, is alleged to have been the driver of a Toyota Corolla hatchback which was involved in a fatal crash that occurred around 11pm on October 31, 2007, at Bedford, a suburb of Perth, in Western Australia.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice John Edwards granted Mr Driver bail "on stringent conditions".

These include a surety of €75,000, that he sign twice a week with the gardai, reside at his home address at Stanley Heights, Slane, Co Meath, and not leave the jurisdiction.

The bond was set at €75,000 after the judge was told Mr Driver expected to receive "a six-figure payment" as compensation for injuries he sustained in a road traffic accident in 2009 where the other side had admitted liability.

The gardai had expressed their concerns about granting Mr Driver bail. Det Sgt Jim Kirwan said Mr Driver's attitude towards the charges had been "one of evasion". The matter was adjourned to October.

Irish Independent

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