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Ballycastle fatal crash: Sharon Kinney pleads not guilty to perverting the course of justice

A mother has entered not guilty pleas to charges connected to her son being accused of death by dangerous driving after two young people died and others were injured in a crash which stunned County Antrim.

Sharon Kinney (50), of Drones Road, Armoy, appeared in the dock for her arraignment at Antrim Crown Court on Tuesday to deny two charges linked to the horrific collision near Ballycastle at Easter 2015.

She is charged with intent to pervert the course of justice by removing a Volkswagen Golf from Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle, on April 6 last year.

She is also accused of conspiring with her husband Kevin Kinney (52) and son Shane Kinney (22) - they are all of the same address - between April 6-10, 2015, with intent to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage caused to the car which had allegedly been involved in an accident at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6.

She appeared in the dock in front of Judge Desmond Marrinan and her trial is due to take place in March. She has been released on continuing bail.

Her husband was present with her at court. Earlier this month Kevin Kinney appeared at Antrim Crown Court and denied three charges including two of intending to pervert justice by removing a Volkswagen Golf from Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle, and by obtaining parts of a blue Volkswagen Golf from a breaker's yard in Armoy.

The third charge relates to allegedly conspiring with his wife and son with intent to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage to the car.

Kevin Kinney is also set to go on trial in March.

Shane Kinney has already had his case returned to the Crown Court but his arraignment has yet to take place.

Shane Kinney faces six charges including causing the deaths of Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy by dangerous driving on April 6, 2015, at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle.

He is further charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to Clodagh Arbuckle and Denise Dunlop.

Shane Kinney is also charged with conspiring together with his parents with intent to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage cause to a Volkswagen Golf which had allegedly been involved in the collision.

Shane Kinney is also charged with failing to report an accident.

When the three family members had their cases sent to the Crown Court from Coleraine Magistrates Court in October it was heard how the file on Shane Kinney runs to more than 1,400 pages.

At a seperate court hearing in Coleraine last year a police officer said  at 3.41am on Monday April 6, 2015, police received a report of a fatal road traffic collision at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, involving two vehicles at the scene - a Volkswagen Bora in which Robin Wilson was going towards Ballycastle and a Peugeot car in which Johnny Black was going to Ballyvoy .

The officer said police investigations led them to believe a third vehicle was involved, a blue Volkswagen Golf, which was identified as belonging to Shane Kinney through its registration number.

He said the suspect presented himself voluntarily at Coleraine Police Station on April 8, 2015, and afterwards presented his car for inspection and no damage was found.

The officer said police believed parts were stolen from a car dismantlers' yard in Armoy which were fitted on the vehicle and the officer claimed forensics later matched the parts on Kinney's car to a car in the yard.

He said witnesses placed Kinney at the scene of the accident with damage to his car but that he then left the area.

The officer said another witness had earlier seen Kinney and one of the deceased, Robin Wilson, at Hunter's Bar in Ballyvoy, near Ballycastle.

The police officer said witnesses alleged Kinney's parents recovered the car on the evening of April 6.

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