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Man set to stand trial over Donegal crash that cost eight lives

DONEGAL FATAL 8 CRASH TRIAL DUE TO START AT LETTERKENNY COURT, DONEGAL

DONEGAL FATAL 8 CRASH TRIAL DUE TO START AT LETTERKENNY COURT, DONEGAL

The trial of a Donegal man accused of causing eight deaths by dangerous driving will begin in Letterkenny next week.

Shaun Kelly, 25, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, has been charged in relation to a fatal crash between Clonmany and Buncrana in July 2010.

Mr Kelly appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Donegal yesterday when a trial date was set for next Tuesday.

The hearing was originally scheduled for early February but has experienced several delays while psychiatric evidence, on whether the defendant is fit to face trial, has been considered.

At an earlier hearing, a barrister for the prosecution said the state was not in a position to proceed with the case until it was allowed to carry out its own independent medical examinations.

Mr Kelly was said to have been under constant medical attention since the crash.

The legal arguments have now concluded and the trial is expected to go ahead as scheduled.

Those who died in the collision were Hugh Friel, 66, of 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.

 
 
 

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