Saturday 24 February 2018

Trial for student in mum and daughter death case

Susan Gleeson: trial. Pic from Cork Courts
Susan Gleeson: trial. Pic from Cork Courts
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A student charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a mother and daughter last Christmas has been remanded for trial.

Susan Gleeson (21) was remanded to appear before the next sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Inspector Eoin Healy told Judge Brian Sheridan at Fermoy District Court the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to a return for trial.

Judge Sheridan remanded Ms Gleeson to appear before the next sessions of Cork Circuit Court, which begin on October 25.

Ms Gleeson, of Kilworth, Co Cork, faces a single charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Cork mother Geraldine Clancy (58) and her daughter, Louise Ann (22), on December 22 last.

Judge Sheridan granted free legal aid for Ms Gleeson on the application of defence solicitor John Brooks and allowed two counsels.

He also allowed an engineering report given that the matter involved a road traffic issue.

He remanded the student, who sat in court with her parents, on continuing bail in her own bond of €500.

A Cork Coroner's inquest last April heard that the mother and daughter both drowned after their car ploughed into a flooded ditch following a collision with another vehicle.

The accident occurred near Ballyderown on the Fermoy-­Kilworth-Ballyduff Road.

Cork farmer Noel Clancy, who lost his wife and daughter in the tragedy, was one of the first people to attend the accident scene shortly after 11am on December 22.

Heavy rainfall and flooding of the River Blackwater had left the dyke beside the ­Kilworth-Fermoy road full of water to a depth of almost 120cm (4ft) last winter.

Louise Ann, who had autism, successfully defied her condition to study first at Loreto secondary school in Fermoy and then at University College Cork (UCC).

She had only arrived home days before the tragedy from her Erasmus scholarship placement at the University of Sussex in the UK.

Irish Independent

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