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Fatal crash accused Shane Kinney back on road

By Nevin Farrell

Published 07/06/2016

Shane Kinney appeared in court yesterday
Shane Kinney appeared in court yesterday
Shane Kinney's mother Sharon appeared in court yesterday

A man charged with killing two people in an Easter Monday car crash has been allowed back on the road, a court has ruled.

Shane Kinney is charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, seven charges of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and other charges.

Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy died as a result of the collision.

Kinney (21) of Drones Road, Armoy, had been banned from driving as part of his bail conditions, and was forbidden from entering Ballycastle, where the collision happened in April 2015.

But Coleraine Magistrates Court heard yesterday that Kinney's driving ban had been lifted.

Kinney appeared at the court yesterday and was joined in the dock by his father Kevin (51) and mother Sharon (49) - all of the same address -who are charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the case.

A preliminary enquiry was due to go ahead yesterday but has been postponed.

District judge Liam McNally asked why the prosecution was not able to meet the date and a prosecutor told the court she had been asked to pass the matter to get more details to the court.

Defence lawyers for the Kinneys expressed concern about the delay.

Shane Kinney's solicitor Connel Trainor said his client had been banned from the road as part of his bail conditions, but they were amended at a previous court to allow him to drive, although he is still not allowed into Ballycastle.

Last year a court heard the ban from entering the seaside Co Antrim town was made part of his bail because emotions were running high in the town following the collision.

A lawyer for Sharon Kinney said no sanction could be imposed on the prosecutor for failing to meet the enquiry deadline and even if the judge dismissed the charges prosecutors could bring forward fresh charges.

Judge McNally adjourned the case to next Monday, June 13, "for the PPS to explain the delay" and in order to fix a new date for the enquiry.

The judge warned that the new date would have to be adhered to.

Shane Kinney's parents, who have been released on continuing bail, have been excused from attending court next week.

The family were in court in relation to a fatal road traffic collision at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6, 2015, in which two young men were killed and seven other young people, male and female, were injured in 2015.

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