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Family in dock over Ballycastle car crash that killed two young men

By Nevin Farrell

Published 22/09/2015

Shane Kinney leaves Coleraine Court
Shane Kinney leaves Coleraine Court

A mother, father and son accused in connection with a crash in which two people died have appeared side-by-side in court.

The family were at Coleraine Magistrates Court after a road traffic collision in which two young men were killed and others injured on April 6.

Shane Kinney (21) is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other charges following the crash at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle.

He was in the dock with his mother Sharon Kinney (48) and father Kevin Kinney (51), all of Drones Road, Armoy.

Sharon and Kevin Kinney are charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the collision their son has been accused of causing.

Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy died and other young people were injured in the crash on Easter Monday.

At a previous hearing, a police officer said that on Monday, April 6 this year police received a report of a fatal road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

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

He said the suspect presented himself voluntarily at Coleraine police station on April 8. Afterwards he presented his car for inspection and no damage was found.

The officer said that police believed parts were stolen from a car dismantler's yard in Armoy and were fitted on the vehicle and 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 scene.

The three Kinneys are currently on bail and the case was adjourned to November.

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