State admits liability for death of Air Corps Cadet David Jevens

Thursday 27 February 2014 19.12
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David Jevens (right) was killed on a training flight in October 2009
David Jevens (right) was killed on a training flight in October 2009
Cadet Jevens's family had taken a civil case
Cadet Jevens's family had taken a civil case

The State has admitted liability for the death of an Air Corps cadet who was killed in a plane crash in 2009.

Cadet David Jevens was on a training flight when the plane crashed near Cornamona in Co Galway in October 2009.

His trainer, Captain Derek Furniss, was also killed in the crash involving a two-seater Pilatus PC-9.

The family of Cdt Jevens had taken a civil case against the State, the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General. 

Galway Circuit Civil court heard this morning the action had been settled.

Barrister John Kiely told Judge Ray Fullam this morning that the State was consenting to judgment and accepting full liability.

Mr Kiely read a statement to the court on behalf of Minister for Defence Alan Shatter.

He said that three investigations had been carried out into the death of Cdt Jevens and all of them agreed he bore no responsibility for the crash.

The minister wished to reassure the parents and siblings of Cdt Jevens that he was "not remotely to blame" for the tragedy and he expressed his sincere regret to them.

Afterwards, the cadet's parents, Donal and Liz Jevens, welcomed the settlement.

They said they were mindful of the dreams and hopes their son had and that it was their wish no other parents would have to experience the grief they had.

Mrs Jevens said her son had been vindicated by the State's acceptance of liability. She said she was happy the minister had issued a statement saying there was no blame attached to the 22-year-old.

Mrs Jevens said she was proud that her son had served in the Defence Forces and proud of his colleagues. 

Mr and Mrs Jevens are due to meet Mr Shatter and representatives from the Defence Forces next month.