Saturday 24 February 2018

Man (19) in court charged over the death of GAA coach

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Gordon Deegan

A Slovakian man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of GAA coach Eugene McNamara.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday, Rene Miko (19), of Place de Plouzane, Kilrush, Co Clare, was also charged with unlawfully taking a 02 WW registered car on the same date, October 26, in Ennis.

A young brother of double All-Ireland winning Clare hurler Stephen McNamara, Eugene McNamara (42) lost his life as a result of the incident when he was walking along a footpath just after 10pm on October 26 at the McDonald's roundabout in Ennis.

In court, Garda Alan Ryan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the court Mr Miko made no comment when charged with dangerous driving causing death. Gda Ryan said in response to the unlawful taking charge, Mr Miko replied: "I never stole it."

Solicitor for the accused, John Casey, said that Mr Miko had been questioned in relation to what occurred on October 26 last a number of times by gardaí.

Judge Gráinne O'Neill remanded Mr Miko in custody with consent to bail.

Insp Tom Kennedy said that the case would be going forward to the circuit court and that gardaí expected to have the book of evidence in the case completed before the end of this month.

Irish Independent

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