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Dublin man to stand trial over alleged fatal hit and run incident with cyclist

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Christopher Coleman
Christopher Coleman

A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial over an alleged fatal hit-and-run in Dublin.

Cyclist Eugene Maher (62) from Whitehall in Dublin was seriously injured on June 30th last when he was struck by a car on the Clontarf Road at the junction with Howth Road. He was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Gardai had recovered a car, launched a public appeal for witnesses and in July had questioned a male who was then released pending the preparation of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

In November Christopher Coleman, of Reuben St, Dublin 8, was arrested at his home and taken to Clontarf Garda Station. He was charged with dangerous driving causing death of Mr Maher, failing to remain at the scene, and driving without insurance and a licence.

He was then brought to appear before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court.

Garda Lyn Connaughton told the court Mr Coleman “made no reply to any charge after caution”. There was no objection to bail subject him obeying terms which Gda Connaughton said included having to sign on once a week at his local garda station, reside at his current address and notify gardai of any change of residence, and a condition stating he “does not drive or attempt to drive any MPV (mechanically propelled vehicle)”.

She also said that the DPP has directed “trial on indictment”.

He appeared again at the district court yesterday/today (fri) where he was served with a book of evidence. 

Judge Anthony Halpin made an order sending Mr Coleman, who has not yet entered a plea, forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he will face his next hearing on February 12th. 

He must notify the prosecution within 14 days if he intends to use an alibi in his defence. Defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said her client was anxious to make progress with the case. Judge Halpin granted free legal aid but said a decision on whether this would include senior counsel representation would have to be made by the Circuit Court.

Mr Coleman was remanded on bail with conditions that he does not drive or attempt to drive any motor vehicle and he must sign on once a week at his local Garda station.