A 12-year-old boy died of traumatic brain injury when the pony and trap he was travelling on collided with a truck.

Sean David Doyle of Melrose Avenue in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, was due to make his confirmation less than two months later. An inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that Gardaí are seeking a criminal prosecution in relation to the boy’s death.

Sean Doyle died on February 26 last following an incident at St Cuthbert’s Road in Clondalkin around 1.40pm. He was one of three friends travelling on the pony and trap, the other two boys escaped unharmed.

The boy’s grandfather, Joseph Doyle gave evidence of how he identified the body of his grandson at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin to Garda Maeve McBride of Clondalkin Garda Station on February 29 of this year.

Inspector Paul Costello of Clondalkin Garda Station told Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane he was seeking a six-month adjournment of the inquest to allow for a Garda file to be completed and submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

“We will be asking the DPP to consider a criminal prosecution directly in relation to this matter,” Inspector Costello said.

A postmortem carried out by Dr Michael McDermott found the boy died due to extensive cerebral damage.

Sean was a pupil of Scoil Talbot primary school in Bawnogue. He loved horses and loved riding on the horse and cart with friends.

The horse pulling the trap involved belonged to a friend, Dublin Coroner’s Court was told.

Following his death, he was described as a “wonderful boy who loved horses”. The boy’s parents Stacey and David were not present in court.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane adjourned the inquest until December 15 next.


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