Friday 19 January 2018

Man accused of causing deaths of eight people to go on trial in autumn

Greg Harkin

A MAN accused of causing the deaths of eight people by dangerous driving will have the case against him heard in the autumn, a judge told relatives of the deceased today.

The case against Shaun Kelly (24), from Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, was called at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and adjourned until October 29.

Mr Kelly is accused of causing the deaths of eight people in Inishowen in a car crash on July 11, 2010.

His barrister Peter Nolan told Judge John O’Hagan that he understood relatives of the dead men wished to address him on the case today.

A large number of relatives were in court when the case was called, with one man standing up when the case against Mr Kelly was read out.

However Judge O’Hagan told them he was not permitted to say anything about the case and he could not give permission to the relatives to say anything.

He said the case as not ready to go ahead this week and this was “unavoidable.”

However the judge said the case will be prioritised and would go ahead in the autumn over three to four days.

“It is a case which will get priority. It will be best for everyone when it is over,” added the judge.

The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.

The crash happened at Meenaduff between Buncrana and Clonmany.

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