Man admits causing friend’s death in crash

A 23-year-old man has admitted causing the death of his friend in a fatal car crash on the outskirts of west Belfast.

John Paul McShane, 18, lost his life when a red Peugeot crashed on the Upper Springfield Road just after 8am on June 22, 2014.

The driver of the car, Ciaran Paul Ferris-Farrelly from Lagmore View in Dunmurry, appeared at Belfast Crown Court to plead guilty to four charges arising from the fatal crash.

Ferris-Farrelly admitted a charge of aggravated vehicle taking causing the death of Mr McShane, as well as failing to report an accident, driving with no insurance and driving with excess alcohol.

It is understood that the vehicle in question belonged to the defendant’s father, and that Mr McShane was a back-seat passenger.

After pleading guilty to all four offences, Ferris-Farrelly was informed that he will be sentenced at the same court next month. He was then released on continuing bail by Judge Donna McColgan.