Friday 25 May 2018

Man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of two friends

Matthew Crawford (21), from Letterkenny,
Matthew Crawford (21), from Letterkenny,
Shaun Graham

Greg Harkin

A MAN has pleaded guilty today to causing the deaths of two friends in an horrific car crash in 2013.

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

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

Matthew Crawford, (21) and Shaun Graham (19), both from Letterkenny died when the Carr crashed his 2001-registered car 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 in the case to be adjourned until April to allow for a plea of mitigation and a probation report.

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

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

Judge O'Hagan adjourned the case until April.

The two men died 2kms outside Rathmullan on the Portsalon Road after earlier attending a summer festival in the seaside town.

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