Four alleged killer joyriders were yesterday sent to the Crown Court for trial accused of stealing a car and killing two friends.
Standing in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates’ Court, west Belfast men 23-year-old Mark Smith; Kevin Valliday, 26; 30-year-old Mark Toner; and Francis Lavery, 28, exchanged smiles and handshakes but were repeatedly ordered by the judge to “just be quiet, for goodness sake”.
All four are charged with stealing a Subaru Impreza which killed their friends Conor Rules and Patrick McAllister on June 28, 2010 when the car ploughed through a hedge and into a field in Dundrod, where it burst into flames.
The car had been stolen in Lisburn shortly before the fatal accident which as well as killing Mr Rules and Mr McAllister, both aged in their twenties, also seriously injured the four defendants.
Yesterday, a prosecution lawyer submitted there was a prima facie case against the men and none of their solicitors made any contrary claims.
Smith, from Broom Park in Dunmurry; Valliday, from the Cullingtree Road; Toner, from Slibh Dubh View; and Lavery, from the Stewartstown Road, were all released on their own bail of £500 and District Judge Rosemary Watters ordered them to appear at Craigavon Crown Court for arraignment on November 28.