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Kildare man accused of causing death of elderly woman in Dublin by driving dangerously

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Kildare man accused of causing death of elderly woman in Dublin by driving dangerously

A KILDARE man has been sent forward for trial accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a 72-year-old woman in Dublin and using deception to get a driver's licence.

David Byrne (40) with an address at Sunnyhill, Castlemartin Lodge, Kilcullen, appeared at Dublin District Court where he was served with the book of evidence. 

He is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of pensioner Patricia Dunne on Oct 16. last at Collins Avenue, in north Dublin. 

He also has an additional charge for deceiving the National Driver Licence Service to obtain a driver's licence on Sept. 30, 2014.

Mrs Dunne, who was from the Killester area, was close to her home when she was struck by a car.  She sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Mater Hospital where she passed away. 

The DPP had directed that Mr Byrne must face trial on indictment. After the book of evidence was served, Judge Anthony Halpin made an order sending Mr Byrne forward for trial to appear at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Oct. 14 next.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier asked if it would be possible to change an order made at an earlier stage compelling his client to sign-on regularly at Naas garda station.

He said his client is not allowed to drive as a condition of bail and he is relying on his family. However, the signing-on condition remains in force and is not allowed drive pending his trial.

Due to the seriousness of the charge, Judge Halpin agreed to Mr Collier's request to grant legal aid which would include representation of a senior barrister.

Mr Byrne, who has not yet entered a plea, was informed that he must inform the prosecution within 14 days if he intended to use an alibi in his defence.  He spoke once saying "yes" when asked if he understood.