Thursday 14 December 2017

Jury sworn in at trial of man (22) accused of dangerous driving causing the death of father-of-four Paudie O'Leary

Paudie O'Leary (42) died on July 1, 2012.
Paudie O'Leary (42) died on July 1, 2012.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A JURY has been sworn in at the circuit criminal court trial of a 22-year-old man accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a father of four.

Shane Fitzgerald of Upper Knockeen, Knockduff, Meelin, Newmarket, Co Cork, is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Paudie O'Leary (42) at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry on July 1, 2012.

Mr Fitzgerald has pleaded not guilty.

The trial before Judge Thomas O'Donnell is expected to hear from over 140 witnesses from a number of jurisdictions, including Australia, and will last over two weeks, the jury has been told.

Among the witnesses will be members of the O'Leary family, including Mr O'Leary's widow, Margaret, and his brothers and two sisters.

It will hear from police witnesses from Australia and the UK as well as garda witnesses.

Representatives from Toyota and ferry companies, P&O, Stena Line and Irish Ferries will also be called.

Prosecuting counsel Tom Rice said it is alleged Mr Fitzgerald's dark grey Toyota Landcruiser was involved in a collision with a bicycle at 5.15am on July 1, 2012.

He said Paudie O'Leary died as a result of the collision and the vehicle did not stop or remain at the scene.

Mr O'Leary's widow, his eldest daughter, Shannon, and members of their extended family are in court for the trial.

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