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Two men in court over death of student Enda Dolan struck by van near Queen's University

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 05/08/2015

Student Enda Dolan was killed as he walked back to Queen’s Elms village
Student Enda Dolan was killed as he walked back to Queen’s Elms village

Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with the death of a teenage student.

Enda Dolan was killed after being struck by a van as he walked along the Malone Road in south Belfast last October.

The 18-year-old from Killyclogher in Co Tyrone was a first year architecture student at Queen's University.

Yesterday David Lee Stewart and William Ross Casement appeared in court on charges connected to the fatal crash.

Stewart (30), from Grays Park Avenue in Belfast, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

He is further charged with causing death by driving carelessly, failing to stop and failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Casement, of Belvoir Drive in Belfast, is charged with assisting an offender, aiding and abetting in failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and indecent behaviour.

Stewart, who was dressed in a black shirt and tie and grey trousers, spoke only to confirm he understood the charges.

A detective constable said they believed they could connect him to the charges.

The court heard there was "still a lot of work to be done" on the case. District Judge Fiona Bagnall adjourned the matter until September 1.

Casement appeared separately in the dock a short time later.

Asked if he understood the charges, the 20-year-old, who was wearing a navy suit and white shirt, nodded and replied "yeah".

After a detective constable indicated she believed she could connect him to the charges, his case was also adjourned to September 1.

Members of Enda's family, including his parents Peter and Niamh, watched from the back of the public gallery. Relatives of the two accused sat just feet away at the front of the gallery during their brief appearances.

Enda was killed as he walked back to his student accommodation at Queen's Elms village on October 15 last year.

The teenager had just moved to Belfast to study architecture at the university. He planned to follow in his father's footsteps.

Afterwards, Peter Dolan asked why a crash barrier at the scene of the incident had been removed three weeks earlier and not replaced.

It was erected in 1977 after two students died in a crash at the same location.

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