Man sent to trial for dangerous driving causing death

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A man has been sent forward for trial on charges of dangerous driving in a stolen car which led to the death of another person.

Richard McDonagh (33), with an address at 19 Sliabh Rua, Ballybane has been sent forward for trial at Galway Circuit Court Court on twelve charges which are all alleged to have occurred on the same day.

It is alleged that on August 23 of last year, at Cave, Caherlistrane, McDonagh committed an offence of dangerous driving which led to the death of Margaret Ward.

He has also been charged with three other dangerous driving charges from the same day, as well as burglary and stealing a car.

McDonagh is further charged with two attempts to steal money from a person’s bank account, and four other counts of theft.

A book of evidence was served on the accused at Galway District Court this week, and the court heard that the DPP has consented to McDonagh being sent forward for trial at the Circuit Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has also consented to his being sent forward on a signed guilty plea should that arise.

Judge Mary Fahy made an order sending McDonagh to the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court commencing on April 13.

Four other charges from the same incident of driving without a licence or insurance, and failure to produce both, will come before the District Court  by video link again next Monday, March 22.

Sgt Cathal Rogers said that it is expected that these charges will also be added to the indictment.

Free legal aid was awarded to solicitor Valerie Corcoran, along with a junior and senior counsel.