A woman has been given a suspended sentence for careless driving causing the death of her friend in Co Monaghan almost ten years ago.

26-year-old Colleen McCann, with addresses at Drumacon, Castleblayney in Co Monaghan and Newry, Co Down, was deported from the US in 2017 to face charges in relation to the crash.

At Monaghan Circuit Court today, Judge John Aylmer said the court could not say whether her moving to the US was an aggravating factor, but no credit could be given for approaching the matter in a "cowardly fashion".

Accepting McCann's circumstances, he deemed that a sentence of 12 months, fully suspended, was appropriate.

A decision on whether a driving disqualification can also be imposed has been adjourned until next year.

17-year-old Ciaran McKenna, a minor footballer with Crossmaglen Rangers, was killed in the collision, which happened at Maghernakill, Castleblayney in the early hours of 30 July 2012.

In her victim impact statement last week, the victim's mother Mary said her family had been broken by the loss of Ciaran.

"Having lost a son we can fully understand the real heartache of loss. Something is missing that will never be replaced and will never be forgotten," Mrs McKenna said.

Ciaran McKenna would have turned 27 at the end of this month, the court heard.

The court heard how Colleen McCann was driving the car on the night of the crash although she said she had no recollection of it.

In a letter read to the court last week, McCann, a mother-of-one and expecting a second, apologised and said she wished she could tell the McKenna family what happened.

Due to legal issues arising in a separate case, the decision of whether a driving disqualification can be ordered and for how long, has been adjourned until next year.

Entering her bond to keep the peace, the court heard McCann has given an agreement not to drive until the legal issues are resolved.