Man admits guilt in charges linked to QUB student’s van death

Enda Dolan died when he was hit by a van in October 2014

Enda Dolan died when he was hit by a van in October 2014

A south Belfast man has admitted offences linked to the death of a Co Tyrone student who died after being struck by a van.

William Ross Casement is the second man to appear in court in connection with the death of 18-year-old Enda Dolan.

Mr Dolan, a first-year architecture student at Queen’s University from Killyclougher, died after being struck by a white van as he was walking along the Malone Road in Belfast to his student accommodation on October 15, 2014.

On Tuesday 31-year-old David Lee Stewart, from Grays Park Avenue in Belfast, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he admitted five charges arising from the death of Mr Dolan, including causing his death by dangerous driving.

Stewart’s co-accused Casement, 21, from Belvoir Drive in Belfast, appeared at the same court yesterday where he admitted two charges – namely aiding and abetting dangerous driving, and aiding and abetting failing to remain at the scene of an accident where an injury had occurred.

When both of the charges were put to Casement, he replied “guilty”.

Following the guilty pleas, a Crown prosecutor revealed that a third charge initially faced by Casement, of assisting offenders on May 15, 2014, was being left on the books and will not be proceeded with.

Casement was informed by Judge Gordon Kerr QC that he will be sentenced for the two charges on April 22 – the same day as co-accused Stewart.