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Horror Ballycastle car crash: Alleged death driver's parents accused of covering up evidence

By Nevin Farrell

Published 27/07/2015

Kevin and Sharon Kinney arrive at Coleraine Court charged with perverting the course of justice. Pic Mark Jamieson
Kevin and Sharon Kinney arrive at Coleraine Court charged with perverting the course of justice. Pic Mark Jamieson

A husband and wife appeared in court on Monday charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with a horror road smash their son is accused of causing.

Two people died and a number of other young people were injured following the crash near Ballycastle on Easter Monday.

Shane Kinney, from Drones Road, Armoy, leaves Coleraine Court after being released on bail in connection into a fatal crash in Ballycastle in April in which two people were killed.
Shane Kinney, from Drones Road, Armoy, leaves Coleraine Court after being released on bail in connection into a fatal crash in Ballycastle in April in which two people were killed.

Shane Kinney (20) has already appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and other charges, following a crash at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6 this year.

He returned to court on Monday where he was joined in the dock by his dad Kevin Alexander Kinney (50) and his mum Sharon Kinney (48).

Kevin and Sharon Kinney are both charged with intending to pervert the course of justice by removing their son's Volkswagen Golf car from the scene.

They are also charged with conspiring with each other in the alleged offence.

Kevin Kinney is further charged with stealing £100 worth of car parts from McAuley Car Dismantlers in Armoy.

A police officer told Coleraine Magistrates Court he believed he could connect Kevin and Sharon Kinney to the charges.

Defence solicitors had no questions for the officer.

A prosecutor said an engineer's report in the case is due in October at the earliest and other forensic matters are expected in September.

Crash victim Johnny Black (left) Crash victim Robin Wilson (right)
Crash victim Johnny Black (left) Crash victim Robin Wilson (right)

Mr and Mrs Kinney were each released on their own bail of £500 with conditions which had previously been outlined when they attended a police station.

Their case - along with that of their son - was adjourned to September 21.

A previous court heard tensions were high in the Ballycastle area following the crash and two police officers were in the courtroom during Monday's hearing where, it understood, relatives of one of the men killed in the crash, Robin Wilson, were present.

Shane Kinney of Drones Road, Armoy, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court earlier this month charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving; seven charges of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving; perverting the course of justice and a number of other offences.

They included failing to report an accident and failing to remain at the scene. He was also charged with drugs offences. The charges relate to a a collision on the Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, in the early hours of April 6 this year when Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy, died.

Clodagh Arbuckle (18) from Ballycastle was left with serious injuries, but is now out of hospital.

Clodagh Arbuckle made a miracle recovery after spending two weeks in a coma and 13 weeks in hospital following the road smash Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Clodagh Arbuckle made a miracle recovery after spending two weeks in a coma and 13 weeks in hospital following the road smash Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

At the previous court a police office said at 3.41am on Monday April 6 this year 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 to towards Ballycastle and a Peugeot car containing Johnny Black going towards Ballyvoy.

The constable 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 and made a no comment interview and afterwards presented his car for inspection and no damage was found.

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

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

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

The officer said another witness saw Kinney and the deceased, Robin Wilson, at Hunter's Bar, Ballyvoy.

The officer said he was objecting to bail because "community tension is very high in the Ballycastle area".

He said police had concern for the safety of Kinney.

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