WOMAN WHO CAUSED DEATH OF FRIEND IN CASTLEBLAYNEY ACCIDENT GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

22 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 26-year-old woman who tendered a written apology to a sittings of the Circuit Criminal Court in Monaghan Town for causing the death of a friend in a road traffic accident at M a g h e r n a k i l l , Castleblayney on July 30 2012 was yesterday given a 12-month suspended prison sentence by Judge John Aylmer.

Colleen McCann, of Drumacon, Castleblayney and with an address at Newry, Co Down, had pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing the death of 17-year-old Ciaran McKenna on the occasion. At a previous sitting the accused told the court in her letter that she had no recollection of what happened on the occasion.

Ciaran McKenna’s mother Mary in a victim impact statement said that her son, who had played minor football with Crossmaglen Rangers, had promised to return home early on the night of the fatal accident because he had work the following morning. Mrs McKenna said that, having lost a son, her family could fully understand the real heartache of loss.

Something was missing that would never be replaced and would never be forgotten. The court heard that Mr McKenna was a front-seat passenger in the vehicle being driven by Colleen McCann, who said that she suffered from retrograde amnesia…

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