Tuesday 20 August 2019

Truck driver charged with causing death by dangerous driving

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A truck driver has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a 21-year-old man in Whitehall in the early hours of Friday morning.

Prince Aibangbe (50), of Williams Way in Ongar, Dublin 15, was brought before Dublin District Court at the Criminal Courts of Justice where he was charged before Judge John Cheatle.

Garda David Jordan gave evidence that after the incident, images and video of the truck they were trying to trace were circulated in the media and came to the attention of Mr Aibangbe's employer, who in turn contacted gardaí in Bray.

Gardaí then met with Aibangbe and his employer by arrangement at his place of employment on the Naas Road. Gardaí seized the truck Mr Aibangbe had been driving and on Saturday night he was charged with dangerous driving causing death. Aibangbe's solicitor Rory Staines said his client is a father of eight.

"He has been driving trucks for 31 years and has never before been involved in an accident," said Mr Staines.

Mr Aibangbe's ex-partner and family were in court. Mr Staines said his client has indicated he didn't realise he had been involved in an incident.

Judge Cheatle granted bail on condition Mr Aibangbe provide his own bond of €5,000, half of it to be lodged in cash.

He also has to sign on every day in Blanchardstown garda station and surrender his passport. He remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear in court on Friday.

Mr Aibangbe, wearing a green hoodie and blue tracksuit bottoms, remained silent during the hearing.

Gerard Whyte, from Ballymun in north Dublin, died following the incident on the Swords Road, Whitehall.

Irish Independent

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