Belfast Telegraph

Man pleads guilty over student's road death

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who admitted causing the death of Co Tyrone student Enda Dolan by dangerous driving is to be sentenced for the offence next month, a court has heard.

David Lee Stewart (31), from Grays Park Avenue in Belfast, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to five charges arising from an incident that claimed the life of the 18-year-old.

The architecture student, from Killyclogher, was in his first year at Queen's University and was walking along the Malone Road to his student accommodation when he was struck by a white van that was driven by Stewart on October 15, 2014.

The case sparked a row over the removal of a crash barrier, which has since been replaced.

At Belfast Crown Court on Monday, Stewart admitted causing the student's death by dangerous driving, as well as four other motoring offences including dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of blood.

After Stewart entered guilty pleas, a Crown prosecutor revealed that a co-accused - William Casement (21) from Belvoir Drive in Belfast - would be arraigned on charges arising from the incident.

Casement faces three charges including assisting an offender, and aiding and abetting the failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

A defence barrister asked that a pre-sentence report be compiled on Stewart ahead of sentencing next month.

Addressing the defendant, who is currently in HMP Maghaberry, Judge Gordon Kerr QC told him he would be sentenced for the offences on April 22.

Judge Kerr then added: "You will be remanded in custody in the meantime".

As he was being led from the dock, Stewart walked past Enda's loved ones who were sitting in the public gallery for the short hearing.

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