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Dublin Bus driver charged over cyclist's death

Osborn Best Irabor
Osborn Best Irabor

A DUBLIN Bus driver is facing trial after being charged with careless driving causing the death of a cyclist.

Mary White (55) was cycling along Burlington Road, in south Dublin, at about 9.40pm on Nov. 17, 2014 when she was hit by a bus and suffered serious injuries. She was in a critical condition when she was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital and she died two days later.

The scene of the incident was examined by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Dublin Bus driver Osborn Best Irabor (51) had been arrested by arrangement and was charged earlier this month at Donnybrook Garda station. He was then granted station bail to appear before Judge Aeneas McCarthy at Dublin District Court on Thursday. 

The father-of-three is charged with careless driving causing death of Ms White. Garda Michael McHugh gave evidence detailing the arrest.

He told Judge McCarthy the defendant made no reply when the charge was put to him under caution.

He said that the DPP has directed that Mr Irabor must face trial on indictment. This means his case will go forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Brian Keenan said there was consent to the eight-week adjournment sought by the garda to allow time to prepare a book of evidence.

There was no objection to bail.

Judge McCarthy ordered  Mr Irabor to appear again at the district court on June 23 when it is expected that he will be served with the book of evidence and then returned for trial to the higher court.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

Legal aid was granted.