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Two in court over death of Lesley-Anne McCarragher

By Staff Reporter

Two men have appeared in court together for the first time on charges relating to the death of an Armagh teenager.

Lesley-Anne McCarragher (19) was killed as she was running along the Monaghan Road on April 9, 2016.

One of the two accused, Damian Paul McCann, had previously evaded court for over three months, knowing he was wanted by police.

The hearing was scheduled for committing both to trial, but was hit by a further delay.

Together in the dock at Armagh Magistrates' Court for the first time since a decision was taken to prosecute were Nathan Finn (18), of Keady Road, and McCann (30), of Monaghan Road, but who is currently remanded in custody.

They are jointly charged with causing Lesley-Anne's death by dangerous driving and while uninsured.

Finn is further accused of causing death while having no driving licence.

The pair, separated by custody staff, did not look at each other during the brief hearing.

The case was ready to proceed when a defence barrister for McCann said he was seeking an adjournment.

He explained senior counsel has now been instructed and will consult with McCann tomorrow.

The lawyer added: "Due to this we are not in a position to proceed and I can indicate this is not necessarily going to be a straightforward committal."

Granting an adjournment, District Judge Paul Copeland said: "I am anxious to keep a timetable on this case."

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