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Fermanagh man Gilroy to face trial over deaths of two people in Co Donegal crash

A Co Fermanagh man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two people and serious bodily harm to a third was returned for trial yesterday
A Co Fermanagh man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two people and serious bodily harm to a third was returned for trial yesterday

By Gerry McLaughlin

A Co Fermanagh man accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two people and serious bodily harm to a third was returned for trial yesterday.

Joseph Gilroy (21) of Lisnaskea Road, Trasna Island, Lisnaskea, is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer at East End, Bundoran, Co Donegal, on August 19 last year and causing serious bodily harm to Rachel Elliott.

The defendant is also charged with driving with no insurance, no licence, failing to report a hit-and-run, no certificate of roadworthiness, and failing to produce insurance.

Evidence was given of the serving of the book of evidence on the defendant last Friday.

Judge Kevin Kilrane returned the defendant for trial to the next sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court on December 10, on the single charge of causing the deaths of Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer by dangerous driving and causing serious harm to Rachel Elliott. The defendant was remanded on his own cash bond until December 10.

The related charges of driving with no insurance, no licence, failing to report a hit-and-run, no certificate of roadworthiness and failing to produce insurance were put back to January 17.

Judge Kevin Kilrane granted legal aid, leave for the defence to have two counsel and legal aid to cover a forensic engineer after a request from defence solicitor Tom MacSharry.

In a related case, Conor Brennan (21), of Coolcran Road, Tempo, who was said in court to be the owner of the car involved in the alleged dangerous driving causing death, was charged with having no insurance, failing to produce insurance and having no certificate of roadworthiness.

He had the charges put back to January 17.

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