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Co Down Teenager in court for fatal crash granted bail

By Paul Higgins

The families of two Co Down teenagers wept in court yesterday as their friend denied killing them by careless driving.

Relatives of Eoin Farrell and James Miskelly packed the public gallery at Newry Crown Court before 18-year-old Brian Che Kane walked to the dock.

Many of them cried as Kane, from St Anne's Park, Mayobridge, denied causing the deaths of Eoin and James, both 17, by driving carelessly in Rostrevor on September 14 last year.

The car Kane was driving hit the wall of a bungalow, understood to be the home of one of the victims' grandparents, causing an oil tank to catch fire.

His friends sustained fatal injuries, while Kane was seriously hurt.

Following the not guilty pleas, Kane's defence barrister told the court that his client had no memory of the accident and that the legal team was awaiting an engineers' report, so they were unable to take the matter further at that time.

Releasing Kane on continuing bail until the new year, Judge Melody McReynolds offered the "sincerest condolences of the court" to the victims' families.

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