Men in Derry court on police crash death charges

A forensic officer at the scene of Saturday's crash at Dale's Corner. (1202PG02)
A forensic officer at the scene of Saturday's crash at Dale's Corner. (1202PG02)

Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning charged in connection with the death of a 27 years-old female police officer in Derry on Saturday.

Shane Christopher Frane, of Simon Community, Bonds Hill, in the city’s Waterside is charged with causing the death of Philippa Reynolds by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking causing death and driving whilst unfit.

The 25-year-old, who is alleged to have been the driver of the car, is further charged with burglary, criminal damage, and having no insurance or licence.

He is also accused of failing to stop or remain at the scene of the accident at Dales Corner and failing to report it.

Conor Tyrone Clarence, who also has an address at Simon Community, Bonds Hill, is also charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing death, burglary and criminal damage on February 9.

The 23-year-old, who was a passenger in the car, is further charged with assisting offenders by changing clothes in an apparent attempt to disguise identity.

Speaking during the hearing at Derry Magistrates Court this morning District Judge Barney McElholm expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Philippa Reynolds.

District Judge Barney McElholm described it as a “senseless and needless loss of life”.

No bail application was made and both men were remanded in custody until March 7.

For more see tomorrow’s Journal.