Case adjourned against Fahan man accused of motoring offences

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A case against a Fahan man charged with motoring offences has been adjourned after the family of a woman killed in a collision asked for a review of his charges.

There were emotional scenes as Austin Stewart, Ballinahone, appeared at Carndonagh District Court today on charges which arose from a fatal collision in Churchtown, Carndonagh on December 30th, 2013, in which local woman Maura Porter lost her life.

The 45-year-old is charged with driving without an NCT certificate, with no left front lamp, without a valid NCT disc displayed and with a bald tyre.

Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy said that while the matter had previously been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Porter’s family are making another application to the director asking for it to be reviewed.

The court heard they were notified of the charges on Sunday.

Solicitor Carrie Hegarty told the court she had a watching brief on behalf of the family and said it was a “very distressing” time for them.

Mrs. Porter’s daughter cried as she told Judge Kelly that Stewart’s car had “collided” with her mother “and she died.”

Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn told Judge Kelly that Stewart wished to plead guilty to the charges in court and pointed out no application had yet been made to the DPP.

Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 20th for the matter to be clarified.