Friday 23 March 2018

Man (25) pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing deaths of pals

Matthew Crawford
Matthew Crawford
Shaun Graham

Greg Harkin

A man has pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of two friends in a horrific car crash.

Noel Carr (25), from Newmills, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was due to go on trial before a jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.

However, when the case was called before Judge John O'Hagan, Carr pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving causing the deaths of the two men.

Matthew Crawford (21) and Shaun Graham (19), both from Letterkenny, were passengers in a car driven by Carr which crashed into a wall outside Rathmullan on August 3, 2013.

Carr spoke only to say "guilty" when the charge was put to him.

Defence barrister John Shortt asked for sentencing to be adjourned until April to allow for a plea of mitigation and a probation report.

Judge O'Hagan addressed members of the Crawford and Graham families who were in court, telling them they could prepare victim impact statements.

"I am sure you are relieved that someone here has put their hands up. It is all very distressing," said the judge, adjourning the case to April.

Irish Independent

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