Book of evidence delayed in hit-and-run charge

The book of evidence is not ready for serving on a 21-year-old North Cork man charged with a fatal hit-and-run on a cyclist who had been training for the annual Ring of Kerry charity cycle in July 2012.

Book of evidence delayed in hit-and-run charge

Yesterday, the matter was adjourned by consent at Killarney District Court.

Shane Fitzgerald, of Upper Knockeen, Knockduff, Meelin, Newmarket, Co Cork, is charged that on July 1, 2012, at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry, he drove dangerously causing the death of Paudie O’Leary, 42.

Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy told Judge James O’Connor the matter was before the court yesterday for serving of the book of evidence.

“The book of evidence is not ready and the defence agrees to adjourn the matter,” Supt Murphy said.

Previously, when he appeared at Tralee District Court in March, Mr Fitzgerald had been remanded in custody.

In the interim, he had received High Court bail, his solicitor David O’Meara confirmed to the judge. Mr O’Meara said that his application was to remand his client on continuing bail.

Mr Fitzgerald, who was in court in the front row of the public benches, stepped forward on the instruction of Mr O’Meara.

Judge O’Connor remanded him on continuing bail to appear in Killarney again on June 17 for the service of the book of evidence.

Mr O’Leary, a father of four and a native of Gneeveguilla, had been out on an early-morning training bike ride for the annual Ring of Kerry charity cycle, which takes place each year in mid-July.

Members of the O’Leary family, including Mr O’Leary’s wife, Margaret, and his brother, Dermot, were in court yesterday for the proceedings.

Killarney solicitor Padraig O’Connell told the court he held a watching brief for the O’Leary family in the matter.

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