A 17-YEAR-OLD has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a teenager.
Transition year student Kimberly O’Connor was a front seat passenger in a car purchased for a few hundred euros which hit a wall on Harbour View Road in Knocknaheeny on the Northside of Cork city on February 19.
The crash happened just 50 yards from Kimberly’s home.The 16-year-old was a star pupil in Terence McSweeny Community College in Knockaheeney.
NINE MOTORING OFFENCES
The teenage boy, cannot be named because he’s a juvenile, appeared before Cork District Court.He was charged by Gardai with a total of nine motoring offences when he appeared before Judge Olann Kelleher.
He was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Kimberly O’Connor and causing serious bodily harm to another passenger in the car, 19-year-old Christopher Dowdall on February 19 last.
He was also charged with failing to stop, failing to remain at the scene, failing to report an occurrence and failing to give appropriate information, all relating to the fatal crash as well as driving without a driving licence, failing to produce a driving licence, driving without insurance and failing to produce an insurance certificate, all on the same occasion.
D/Garda Brian Holland gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the court that the teenager made no reply to any of the nine charges when they were put to him after caution.
NO OBJECTION TO BAIL
He said Gardai had no objection to the teenager being granted bail on certain conditions and the boy’s solicitor, Emma Leahy confirmed her client was willing to abide by the conditions sought.
He said Gardai wanted the teenager to reside at his home address in Cork city and keep a curfew there between 9pm at night and 7am in the morning.
The teenager is to consume no intoxicants and he has to sign on every Monday and Friday at Gurranabraher Garda Station between 7.30am and 8.30pm.
Gardai also want the defendant to have no contact, directly or indirectly, including via social media, with the family of the late Kimberly O’Connor.
And the accused had to give an undertaking not to drive any car or mechanically propelled vehicle as part of his bail conditions.
Judge Kelleher asked the teenager if he understood the bail terms and he warned him if he was seen by Gardai driving a car or breaching any other of the bail terms, he risked being put into custody.
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Sgt John Kelleher said that Gardai had received the DPP’s directions on the matter which is that the case is to be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury at Circuit Court level.
The teenager’s lawyer said her client understood the bail terms and was consenting to a long remand and Judge Kelleher remanded him to appear at Cork Children’s Court on September 18 next.
Judge Kelleher also granted free legal aid to the teenager, who was accompanied in the court by his mother and two of his grandparents, after hearing that he was working on just a part-time basis.