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Mum denies taking car from fatal crash scene

by Nevin Farrell

A mother has pleaded not guilty to trying to pervert the course of justice by removing a car from the scene of a crash in which two young people died.

Co Antrim woman Sharon Kinney (50) also denies conspiring with her husband Kevin Kinney (52) and son Shane Kinney (22) to conceal and repair damage to the car with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The car had allegedly been involved in the fatal collision at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6.

Kinney appeared in the dock for her arraignment at Antrim Crown Court yesterday in front of Judge Desmond Marrinan.

She was released on continuing bail.

Both she and her husband are due to go on trial in March.

Earlier this month Kevin Kinney denied intending to pervert the course of justice by removing a Volkswagen Golf from Carrickmore Road, Ballycastle, and by obtaining parts for the same car from a breaker's yard in Armoy.

Shane Kinney has had his case sent to the Crown Court, but has yet to be arraigned. He 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 also charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to Clodagh Arbuckle and Denise Dunlop, and with failing to report an accident.

The two men also deny a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by concealing and repairing damage to the Golf.

All three have the same address at Drones Road, Armoy.

At an earlier hearing a PSNI officer said at 3.41am on April 6, 2015, police received a report of a fatal collision involving two vehicles at the scene - a Volkswagen Bora in which Robin Wilson was travelling towards Ballycastle, and a Peugeot in which Johnny Black was going to Ballyvoy.

The officer said investigations led police to believe a third vehicle was involved, a blue Volkswagen Golf, later identified as belonging to Shane Kinney.

He presented himself voluntarily at Coleraine PSNI station on April 8, 2015, and afterwards presented his car for inspection. No damage was found.

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

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

The officer said another witness had earlier seen Kinney and one of the deceased, Robin Wilson, at Hunter's Bar in Ballyvoy, near Ballycastle.

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

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