Monday 21 May 2018

Woman (23) faces charge of killing friend and injuring three more in road crash

Respite care: Claire Gough
Respite care: Claire Gough

Paul Higgins

A Portadown woman has been accused of killing her friend and injuring three more by careless driving while unfit.

However, 23-year-old Claire Gough did not attend a Craigavon Magistrates Court' hearing yesterday, and defence solicitor Lloyd McKeag said that the defendant herself was receiving "respite care."

Gough, from the Tartaraghan Road, is charged with causing the death of Katherine Kelley by driving carelessly and while unfit through drink or drugs on November 3, 2012.

She faces three further allegations of causing grievous bodily injury to Scott Houston, Daniel Dougan and Trevor Foster arising from the same single vehicle crash on the Armagh Road in Portadown.

District Judge Peter King adjourned the death by dangerous driving case and listed it for mention in two weeks' time.

Miss Kelley was just 21 when she sustained her fatal injuries and it was reported at the time that Gough herself was also in a "critical condition."

After the tragic death, Kathy Lennon, Miss Kelley's devastated mother, spoke of her "pride" that her daughter's organs had been donated, and that her liver had been given to a seriously ill infant.

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