Yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court has heard how a judge is “determined” to bring a conclusion to a case in which eight people died in the country’s worst road crash.
The State’s case against Buncrana man,Shaun Kelly, (24), was adjourned last week when Judge Keenan Johnson was told by defence counsel Peter Nolan that he had been given a psychological report which questioned his client’s fitness to stand trial.
The State was forced to apply for an adjournment to assess the report and order their own psychological assessment.
Judge Johnson adjourned the case until April 1st with peremptory against the accused.
Judge John O’Hagan told yesterday’s sitting t he wanted to express his “considerable disappointment” that Judge Johnson had been “constrained” at last week’s hearing and the trial of Mr Kelly, from Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, had not started.
“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how anxious I am that it must proceed.
“ This is a case that should go on, one way or another,” he said.
The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.