Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Man charged with causing death of officer Philippa Reynolds in crash says sorry to her family

Shane Christopher Frane
Shane Christopher Frane

The man charged with causing the death of a young policewoman has apologised to her family for the first time.

Shane Christopher Frane (25) is accused of crashing a stolen off-road vehicle into an unmarked police car in Londonderry last month killing Constable Philippa Reynolds (27).

Ms Reynolds was a passenger in the police car which was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser at the Dales Corner junction in the Waterside area in the early hours of February 9.

At a remand hearing yesterday, Frane (right), the alleged driver of the stolen car, apologised to Constable Reynolds' family via video link.

His solicitor, Conor Heuston, told District Judge Barney McElholm during the brief hearing that he had just come on record in the case after his client had been represented by another legal firm at the initial court appearance.

"I want to say that the defendant now wants to accept his responsibility for these matters and apologises for his actions to the family of Constable Reynolds," he said.

Homeless Frane was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via video link on April 4. Frane faces 10 charges including driving while unfit and without a licence. Frane and his co-accused, Conor Tyrone Clarence (23), both with addresses at the Simon Community on Bonds Hill in Derry, first appeared in court on February 11 charged with offences linked to Ms Reynolds' death and were remanded in custody.

At that hearing, Clarence, who admitted being a passenger in the stolen vehicle, apologised through his solicitor to the constable's family.

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