Man apologises for Derry policewoman’s road death

Shane Frane arrives at Derry magistrates court during a previous appearance.

Shane Frane arrives at Derry magistrates court during a previous appearance.

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A man charged with causing the death of Constable Phillipa Reynolds has “accepted his responsibility”, a court has heard.

Shane Frane, whose address was given as Simon Community, Bonds Hill, is charged with causing the death of Constable Reynolds by dangerous driving.

He is further charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing death, driving whilst unfit and driving without a licence or insurance.

Frane is also charged with burglary, criminal damage and failing to stop, report or remain at the scene of the accident.

The charges relate to an accident in Dales Corner last month, when a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser crashed into the police car 27-year-old Constable Reynolds was travelling in.

Frane appeared at the local magistrates court this morning via videolink.

His solicitor told the court Frane now “accepts his responsibility in respect of these matters”.

He added that his client “wishes to apologise for his actions and wants to extend his sympathies to the family of Constable Reynolds”.

The court was told that the investigating officer had been contacted to arrange a further interview.

Frane was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink in April 4.