March 8, 2012

A Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men will stand trial in Letterkenny on May 1.

Shaun Kelly, 23, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, appeared at the town’s District Court today.

Judge Paul Kelly told the defendant he must inform the prosecution within 14 days if he intended to rely on an alibi as part of his defence.

Mr Kelly faces one charge of dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men at Meenaduff between Clonmany and Buncrana on the Inishowen peninsula on July 11, 2o10.

The men who died in the crash where Hugh Friel, 66, Mark McLaughlin, 21, Paul Doherty, 19, Ciaran Sweeney, 19, PJ McLaughlin, 21, James McEleney, 23, Eamon McDaid, 22, and Damien McLaughlin, 21.

An earlier hearing was told that the book of evidence contained more than 200 witness statements and numerous exhibits including photographs, maps and video.

There was no objection to bail with Mr MacLochlainn saying his client had turned up in court “on every occasion”.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail on his own bond of €500 and an independent surety of €5,000 from his mother, Pauline.



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