Sunday 22 April 2018

Teen denies killing garda who was struck by car

Anita Guidera

A TEENAGER has denied the manslaughter of an on-duty garda, but has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing his death.

Garda Robbie McCallion died in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin less than two weeks after being struck by a car while he investigated reports of a stolen vehicle at Tara Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on March 26, 2009.

At Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday, Jamie McGrenaghan (19), of Gortnatraw, Cashel, Kerrykeel, Co Donegal, pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Gda McCallion on April 7, 2009.

A second youth, Cathal Dunleavy (21), of Meentagh, Glenvar, Kerrykeel, pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking possession of a car, registration number 94DL 5636 at Tara Court, Letterkenny, on the night that Gda McCallion was injured.

Dressed in a black shirt and black jeans, McGrenaghan pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerously driving a car, with the registration number 98DL 6842, in a manner which caused the death of Gda McCallion at Tara Court on March 26, 2009.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a car, registration number 94DL 5636, on the same night.

McGrenaghan was further charged with recklessly driving a car at speed in the direction of two other gardai, Joanne Doherty and Shane Lavelle, on the same night, to which he pleaded not guilty.


Gda McCallion's father, Bob, a retired garda, mother Nancy, and brother John, a serving garda in Swinford, Co Mayo, were present in the court for the arraignments yesterday.

Judge John O'Hagan remanded McGrenaghan in custody until the next sitting of the Circuit Court in October.

He told the court he would be in contact the president of the Circuit Court to facilitate a trial at the earliest possible date.

Dunleavy, dressed a grey-and-white striped shirt and jeans, who faces a single charge on which he has entered a guilty plea, will be sentenced next week.

The judge said that while he normally made some comments to relatives of the deceased in such cases, he felt it was "proper in the circumstances of the whole affair to say nothing".

Gda McCallion, a talented footballer, was buried with full honours in his hometown of Swinford, Co Mayo.

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