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Mental patient quizzed on death smash

A PSYCHIATRIC patient may face charges over a road crash that claimed the lives of a couple in their 60s three weeks ago.

The man, who is in his earlier 30s, has been interviewed by gardai in connection with the crash in which Tommy Kenneally (65) and his wife Angela (61) were killed outside Kilkenny on August 24.

He was being driven back, after a short visit to a relative, to the Department of Psychiatry at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny when the collision took place.

He had been a patient there for a number of weeks "arising out of an earlier incident" and his trip out of the hospital was part of a programme prior to his planned discharge.

A short distance from the hospital, the car in which he was a passenger is reported to have "veered violently" across the road from its correct side into the path of the Kenneally's car.

The psychiatric patient has now been interviewed by gardai and is understood to have made a statement.

Gardai in Kilkenny refused to comment on the investigation, other than to say that evidence was being gathered with a view to preparing a file for the Director of the Public Prosecutions.