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Mr Hamill listed sentencing for March 3

Mr Hamill listed sentencing for March 3

Mr Hamill listed sentencing for March 3

A Belfast woman has admitted causing death by careless driving after a three vehicle collision.

Although Michelle Crooks (52) did not appear at Newtownards Magistrates Court, defence counsel Conan Rea entered a guilty plea on her behalf.

Crooks, from Southland Dale in the east of the city, admitted causing the death of Yvonne Jess by driving carelessly last October 14.

Mrs Jess died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the three vehicle crash on the Holywood Road, Newtownards.

District Judge Mark Hamill queried why a case involving a fatality was being dealt with in his court where the maximum sentence is six months, as opposed to the more powerful Crown Court where it is a two-year jail sentence.

Mr Rea said there was agreement between Mrs Jess’ relatives, the police and PPS for the case to remain in the petty sessions.

“Effectively everyone is agreed that it can proceed in the magistrates on the basis that it is accepted,” said the lawyer.

Mr Hamill listed sentencing for March 3.

Belfast Telegraph


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