July trial date set for man accused of Inishowen crash deaths

first_img Google+ A man accused of dangerous driving causing eight deaths is to go on trial on July 15.Judge John O’Hagan today(Wed) told both prosecution and defence that he is making a peremptory order that the trial will start on that day at Letterkenny Circuit Court.He said at Donegal Circuit yesterday(Wed) that he was aware that delay created a great deal of discomfort and pain for the families of the eight people who died.He said he also had a duty to defendant Shaun Kelly after he was told one witness would be unable to attend next week because of an operation.Judge O’Hagan was fixing a trial date after Kelly, 24, withdrew a pre-trial fitness to plea application.The judge observed that while the case could not proceed at Letterkenny next week it was only a matter of weeks before it would start on July 15.His peremptory order means both sides must be prepared to start on the fixed date.Mr Kelly, 24, is charged with the offences outside Clonmany, Co Donegal on July 11, 2010.Mr Kelly, of Ballymagann, Buncrana, was the driver of the car in which seven of his friends died and the driver of a car coming in the opposite direction was also killed.Kelly appeared in court as did several family members of those killed in the crash.The people who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana. News Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – May 21, 2014 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSon of Donegal emigrant wins big in US primary electionsNext articleMcGee aiming to get Ulster title back News Highland Google+ Twittercenter_img July trial date set for man accused of Inishowen crash deaths 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more