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Man pleads guilty to causing death of Co Monaghan businessman in three-car-crash in Strabane

By Michael Donnelly

Published 08/09/2015

A 73-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a retired Co Monaghan businessman in a three-car crash on the outskirts of Strabane in January 2014.

James Maurice Henderson, of Limehill Road, Lisburn admitted his careless driving caused the death of Mr Alexander McEntee from Castleblaney, and also causing grievous bodily injury to his own wife Hazel Henderson.

The head on collision,on January 3, 2014, involving Mr Henderson's black Range Rover and 65-year-old Mr McEntee's red Jaguar car, and a third vehicle, a silver Audi A4, occurred on the main A5 Mulvin Road, between Newtownstewart and Victoria Bridge three miles from Strabane.

Prosecution lawyer Simon Reid told Dungannon Crown Court, that no mechanical defects were found with Mr Henderson's vehicle and it is understood the collision occurred when he drove straight ahead, "for some unknown reason", instead of following the contours of a shallow bend in the road.

Defence QC Gerald Simpson, who had asked for his client to be arraigned before the court, agreed that the case be adjourned for pre-sentence reports on Mr Henderson and for an impact report from the family of Mr McEntee.

Her Honour Judge McReynolds will sentence Mr Henderson next month.

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