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Second man charged over Lesley-Ann McCarragher hit-and-run death

By Staff Reporter

A second man is facing charges in relation to the death of a Co Armagh teenager, it has emerged.

Lesley-Ann McCarragher was killed in a hit-and-run incident last year.

Earlier this week Nathan Finn (18) of Keady Road, Armagh, was identified for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted.

He is accused of causing Lesley-Ann's death on April 9, 2016, by dangerous driving and while not having a licence or insurance.

Having first appeared in court as a youth, he was granted bail and then remanded in custody for a time at his own request.

He was later readmitted to bail, but throughout these proceedings he could not be named due to his age.

However, having turned 18, he is now classed as an adult.

Court papers show him as remanded on very strict bail and facing committal proceedings to formally transfer his case to trial.

At the time of his first appearance in court, police said they were searching for another person whom they believed Finn may have been racing on the Monaghan Road in Armagh.

A witness said they observed two vehicles - one being a white Saab allegedly driven by Finn - which appeared to be racing each other.

This car undertook another vehicle on the hard-shoulder and struck 19-year-old Lesley-Ann as she was jogging.

She was airlifted to hospital but passed away as a result of her injuries.

Court papers now show a co-accused.

He is 30-year-old Damien Paul McCann of Monaghan Road, Armagh, who is also accused of causing Lesley-Ann's death by dangerous driving, and having no insurance.

As with his co-accused, the case is listed for a committal to trial at Crown Court, but it is not clear if this will proceed on the next occasion or whether an adjournment will be sought.

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