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Book of Evidence served in Clonmany crash case 09.02.12

A 23 year old man was today served with the Book of Evidence on charges of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men in Inishowen.
Shaun Kelly, Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, was served with the Book of Evidence by Garda Sgt Carol Doherty at the local district court shortly before 10.30am.
It was expected the defendant would be sent forward for trial to the May sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court. However the case was adjourned until next month after the defence requested more documentation.
Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn requested an original copy of the accident scene photograph, an original copy of an aerial photograph as well as video of the scene. He also requested maps from the accident scene.
Mr MacLochlainn said there were photocopies included in the book of evidence but they were of ‘poor quality’and the originals would be ‘vital’ to the defence case. "We’re not trying to delay the matter. We just want to have enough of the evidence in advance to brief counsel," said Mr MacLochlainn.
Garda Inspector David Murphy asked for the case to be adjourned for a month to allow the prosecution provide the documentation requested.
Mr Kelly, the sole survivor of the crash, is charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; 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; Eamon McDaid (22), of Ballymagan, Buncrana; and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.
The accident happened at Glasmullen between Buncrana and Clonmany on July 11, 2010. Judge Paul Kelly remanded the defendant on continuing bail until March 8.
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