FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE

first_imgThe son and daughter of the late Mrs Maura Porter, Brendan and Davina Porter, leaving yesterday’s sitting of Carndonagh District Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The family of a woman killed in a road tragedy have pleaded with a Judge to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions more time to review the case against the man who knocked her down.Austin Stewart, 64, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with a number of motoring offences yesterday. Austin Stewart leaving court in Carndonagh yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Pensioner Maura Porter was killed when she was struck by Mr Stewart’s car while walking home from mass on December 30th, 2013.The case received widespread publicity after it took an ambulance more than 50 minutes to attend to the scene of the accident.Mr Stewart, of Ballinahone, Fahan, has been charged with not having an NCT, not displaying an NCT, having no front headlamp and also a bald tyre.However the family of Mrs Porter have sought a review of the case to the DPP.Garda Inspector David Murphy said the DPP had sought more time and were seeking to review the case.However solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin, said there was no reason why the current charges before the court could not be dealt with.Davina Porter, daughter of the dead woman of Churchtown, Carndonagh, addressed the court from the public gallery.She said “Just remember that my mother is dead and this vehicle collided with her.“We are completely devastated and it’s up to you to see that justice is carried out. I’m begging you to please give the DPP time to deal with this. I’m sorry for interrupting.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin said this had been hanging over his client’s head for some time.He said he saw no reason why these charges could be dealt with and the DPP revisit any further issue at a later stage.Ms Porter replied that it will be hanging over their heads forever.Mr McLaughlin then revealed that his client had received threatening late-night phone calls and letters in the post telling him he had blood on his hands.Judge Kelly said he fully accepted what had happened to Ms Porter’s mother but that the court had found itself in a difficult situation.He asked Inspector Murphy to contact the DPP to determine how long it will take for the directions in the case.Inspector Murphy returned after lunch and said that he expected an adjournment of two months would be required.Judge Kelly said he appreciated there are very high emotions on both sides of the case but that he was granting an adjournment until June 16th.He also warned that if there were any further delays, it could result in the charges against Mr Stewart being reconsidered.“I’m not happy that it has dragged on in the way it has – it is placing everyone in a difficult situation,” he said.FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Austin StewartCarndonaghcourtcrashdonegalJudge Paul KellyMaura Portertragedylast_img read more

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