Trial over fatal Donegal car crash set for January

Tuesday 29 October 2013 17.19
Eight men died in the crash in July 2010
Eight men died in the crash in July 2010

The trial of a Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men in July 2010 is now expected to go ahead in January 2014.

Defence barrister Peter Nolan applied for a further adjournment in the case at Letterkenny Circuit Court today on the grounds that a number of reports were still outstanding.

Shaun Kelly, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, is facing trial in relation to a fatal crash between Clonmany and Buncrana in which eight people died.

The victims were 66-year-old Hugh Friel, Paul Doherty, 19; Ciaran Sweeney, 19; Mark McLaughlin, 21; Eamonn McDaid, 22; Patrick PJ McLaughlin, 21; Damien McLaughlin, 21; and James McEleney, 23.

Judge John O'Hagan said that he was conscious of the grief being experienced by all in the case.

He granted the adjournment peremptorily against both the defence and prosecution and told relatives of those involved in the crash who were in court that this meant the case must begin in January.