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Accused denies that bad driving caused his dad's death

By Paul Higgins

Published 19/02/2016

Court: William Murphy
Court: William Murphy

A farmer yesterday admitted causing his father's death in a road crash, but denied that he was driving dangerously at the time.

At Dungannon Crown Court, Paul Alexander Brady (45) denied causing the death of Phelim Alexander Brady by driving dangerously on the A4 dual carriageway outside the town on June 25, 2014.

However, Brady, from Minterburn Road, Caledon, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by driving while disqualified and without insurance on the same date.

Alongside Brady in the dock was 51-year-old lorry driver William Mark Murphy, from Prospect Road, Castlewellan, Co Down.

He also denied a single offence of causing pensioner Mr Brady's death by dangerous driving.

The charges relate to an incident in which a tractor driven by Paul Brady was in collision with Mr Murphy's lorry.

The crash caused injuries that claimed the life of 69-year-old Phelim.

Prosecuting lawyer Simon Reid said that despite the admissions, Brady would still face a trial.

Adjourning the case for two weeks to allow the prosecution sufficient time to obtain witnesses, Judge Stephen Fowler QC also extended legal aid to include senior defence barristers.

Both Murphy and Brady were released on continuing bail.

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