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Tougher bail terms for teen who has admitted role in Lesley-Ann McCarragher death

By Staff Reporter

A teenager awaiting sentence for causing the death of a young woman by dangerous driving has been granted bail again, despite a breach of conditions at Christmas which saw him being put in a young offenders' centre.

Lesley-Ann McCarragher was jogging along the Monaghan Road, Armagh, on April 9, 2016, when she was struck by Nathan Finn's car, who drove from the scene without stopping.

Despite being airlifted to hospital, Lesley-Ann died from her injuries. She was just 19.

Finn (19) of Keady Road, Armagh, also had no licence or insurance.

In December, Finn, who was subject to strict bail conditions, pleaded not guilty to all charges at Newry Crown Court. But there was a significant breach of conditions over Christmas, leading to his bail being revoked, and he was detained in Hydebank Young Offenders Centre.

During a review hearing in January, Finn's defence team asked for the charges to be put to him again, and all were admitted. At that stage he was remanded back into custody whilst pre-sentence reports are prepared, but it was made clear he would not be dealt with until the conclusion of the trial against co-accused, Damien Paul McCann (30), of Monaghan Road, Armagh.

McCann, who denies causing Lesley-Ann's death by dangerous driving, is on bail until his trial later this year.

In the meantime, a fresh bail application was made by Finn, which has now been granted, with very strict conditions.

As well as a £500 personal bail, he must reside at his address, abide by a curfew from 10.30pm to 6am, and be tagged.

He is prohibited from trying to contact Lesley-Ann's family or any witnesses in the trial, as well as his co-accused, McCann.

Finn has also been ordered to report twice weekly with police and is banned from entering licensed premises or consuming alcohol or non-prescription drugs.

He must not drive any motor vehicle or use public transport.

He is not to travel in any private motor vehicle unless driven by his father or sister, and only for medical, counselling and legal appointments and reporting to PSNI. Finally, Finn is banned from entering a specified petrol station/shop in Armagh.

A date for sentencing has yet to be fixed due to the co-accused's pending trial before Newry Crown Court.

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