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Judge halts girl's road crash damages case

A ROAD accident compensation case was halted in the High Court at the request of the DPP yesterday because criminal proceedings are pending.

A civil action against a pensioner over the crash in which his wife died and that left a young girl in a wheelchair was adjourned until after a dangerous driving prosecution is completed.

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O Neill halted the civil proceedings brought on behalf of Noirin McGarvey (7) against William Barr of Middletown, Gweedore, Co Donegal.

Mr Barr denies the criminal charges against him.

Grainne O'Neill, counsel for the DPP, said the state prosecutor only became aware of the civil action after reading of it in a national newspaper. The DPP sought an adjournment on grounds the forthcoming criminal proceedings could be prejudiced if the hearing was to continue, she said.

Counsel said the background was Mr Barr had been charged with dangerous driving causing injury arising out of the accident

The court was told gardai knew about the pending criminal trial and the matter was also mentioned previously before the High Court as the civil case proceeded to hearing.

Irish Independent