Belfast Telegraph

Armagh pair accused of teen jogger's road death deny charges

By Staff Reporter

Two men have pleaded not guilty to motoring charges related to the death of teenager Lesley-Ann McCarragher last year.

Appearing for arraignment together in the dock at Newry Crown Court yesterday were Nathan Finn (18), of Keady Road, Armagh, and Damian Paul McCann (30), of Monaghan Road, also Armagh, who is bailed to reside at Lagan Road, Keady.

The pair are jointly charged with causing Lesley-Ann's death by dangerous driving, while Finn is further accused of causing death while having neither insurance nor a driving licence.

Lesley-Ann, who was 19, was jogging along Monaghan Road in Armagh on April 9, 2016 when she was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident.

Despite being airlifted to hospital she died of her injuries.

When the charges were put to Finn and McCann at court they both pleaded not guilty.

Both accused were released to appear for a trial which has been listed for March next year.

Finn was freed on £200 bail with strict conditions including no contact with any members of the McCarragher family or any witnesses and weekly signing with police.

In addition, he is prohibited from driving any vehicle, nor is he to travel in any private vehicle unless it is driven by his father, brother or sister.

Finally, he is banned from taking any drug unless it is prescribed by a doctor and is not to enter licensed premises or consume alcohol at any time.

McCann remains on High Court bail, having previously been held in custody.

He had surrendered himself to the court after being described as "actively evading police" and the subject of a European Arrest Warrant.

McCann was remanded on the existing conditions, which bans any contact with Finn, twice weekly reporting to police and a £5,000 cash surety.

Lesley-Ann's family were present for the hearing, accompanied by police liaison officers.

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