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Former cop set to face trail over road death

By Gerry McLaughlin

Published 19/10/2016

Killed: Father-of-two Paul Mills
Killed: Father-of-two Paul Mills

An ex-policewoman is due to go on trial in January, on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Eilish McSherry is charged with dangerous driving at Clanabogan Road, Omagh, on October 10 last year.

The 41-year-old defendant is also charged with causing the death of Paul Mills by dangerous driving, failing to stop where an accident occurred, causing injury and driving while unfit through drink or drugs, on the same date and location. She is denying the charges.

Yesterday's Crown Court in Dungannon was told that no medical reports were yet available to the court. The defendant, who appeared in court, was released on bail. She is due to go on trial before Dungannon Crown Court on January 18.

At a hearing last month, the officer fought back tears as she denied causing the death of 49-year-old father-of-two by dangerous and drunken driving.

However, after her not guilty pleas, defence QC Frank O'Donoghue told the court, that he "had no instructions to challenge the primary facts of the case".

He added that a "marginal issue" would be the question of speed at the time of the fatal crash.

Judge Stephen Fowler adjourned that earlier sitting for three weeks, to allow medical reports from a psychiatrist.

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