DELAY IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ‘SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH’ – JUDGE

first_imgA JUDGE has said delays in the trial of a man accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of eight people in County Donegal were ‘simply not good enough’ when the case was called at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.Shaun Kelly (24) from Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana, (above) appeared today after the case was adjourned last week to allow the DPP to identify a psychologist to carry out an assessment of him.However prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the psychologist identified by the DPP was no longer providing assessments for court. She said the State had made extensive enquiries since Judge Keenan Johnson had adjourned the case a week ago.Two experts at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had been identified but the State had been unable to contact them despite phone calls and letters being sent.Judge Johnson said the delay in finding an expert was “simply not good enough.”He ordered the DPP to find an expert by Thursday.The judge also said the expert should be in a position to carry out a psychological assessment “within seven to ten days” of this Thursday to allow a fitness to plea hearing to take place.Judge Johnson said it “just beggars belief” that the case was continuing to “drag” on.Ms McLaughlin said the State had only received medical reports from the defence before last week’s hearing.She said she wanted to “apologise to the court” for the delays.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until Thursday.The men who died in the crash in Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.DELAY IN INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH CASE ‘SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH’ – JUDGE was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more