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Woman arrested off US flight held in custody over Armagh teen's road death

By Patsy McArdle

A woman arrested at Dublin Airport after stepping off a flight from the United States has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving in relation to a crash which claimed the life of an Armagh teenager almost five years ago.

Coleen McCann (21), with an address at Drumacon, Castleblayney, appeared at a sitting of the District Court in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan court on Wednesday.

She is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Ciaran McKenna (17) from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, in a road traffic accident at Maghernakill, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, on July 30 2012.

She was refused bail by Judge Denis McLoughlin after a detective-garda told the court he believed she would be a "flight risk”.

Detective-Garda John Ogle said several previous attempts to interview, or charge the woman,  who also used an address at Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland, were unsuccessful.

He claimed that on one occasion when a relative told gardai she would be available at her residence on a specific date, he later learned she had, in fact, gone to America on that date.

The garda officer also told the court the woman’s father had tried to block access to the family residence, to prevent gardai from visiting, and he also “ordered” them to keep away from the house, which led to the necessity for an arrest warrant having to be obtained.

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