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Man denies charges over crash which killed two people

By Nevin Farrell

A man has pleaded not guilty to charges connected to an alleged death by dangerous driving case following a road crash in north Antrim in which two young people died and others were injured.

Kevin Alexander Kinney (52), of Drones Road, Armoy, appeared for his arraignment at Antrim Crown Court sitting in Coleraine on Friday to deny three charges linked to the collision near Ballycastle at Easter 2015.

He faces two charges of intent to pervert the course of justice and a third charge accuses him of conspiring with his wife Sharon Kinney (50) and son Shane Kinney (22) with intent to pervert justice. They all have the same address.

Kevin Kinney is accused of intending to pervert justice by removing a Volkswagen Golf from Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle, and by obtaining parts of a blue Volkswagen Golf from a breaker's yard in Armoy. The third charge relates to allegedly conspiring with his wife and son with intent to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage to the car.

Appearing in front of Judge Desmond Marrinan, Kevin Kinney was released on continuing bail and his trial has been listed for March next year.

Shane Kinney and Sharon Kinney have already had their cases returned to the Crown Court but their arraignments have yet to take place.

Shane Kinney faces six charges including causing the deaths of Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy by dangerous driving on April 6, 2015, at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle.

He is further charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to Clodagh Arbuckle and Denise Dunlop.

Shane Kinney is also charged with conspiring with his parents with intent to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage cause to a Volkswagen Golf which had allegedly been involved in the collision. Shane Kinney is also charged with failing to report an accident.

Sharon Kinney also faces charges related to her alleged involvement in the aftermath of the collision.

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