Teen to face trial over tragic crash which claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy

TRAGIC:  Dayne Cody
TRAGIC: Dayne Cody

A DUBLIN youth is to face trial following a tragic crash which claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy.

Transition-year student Dayne Cody suffered serious injuries after a car in which he was travelling with pals hit a tree at Station Road in Clondalkin, Dublin on December 20 last.

The Cherry Orchard teenager was rushed to Tallaght hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

Today a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Dublin Children's Court to face charges in connection with the collision: dangerous driving causing death, having no driving licence or insurance and not having a roadworthy certificate (NCT) for the vehicle.

The boy was accompanied to court by his parents and his solicitor Michelle Finan.

He answered “no” when he was charged and asked if he had any reply, said Detective Garda Padraic Jennings.

No plea was entered and the boy was remanded on bail to appear again in six weeks when it is expected he will be served with a book of evidence.

Judge John O'Connor was told the DPP had recommended the boy should face trial on indictment; this means the case would be dealt with at the higher level in the circuit court which has wider sentencing powers.

The boy and his parents were visibly upset during the hearing in which Det Gda Jennings gave Judge O'Connor an outline of the evidence for the purpose of ruling on the trial venue issue. 

Det Gda Jennings agreed with the boy's solicitor Michelle Finan that the car, a 2002-registered Kia with a 2.5 litre engine, was not stolen.

The teenager had used money he got for his birthday to buy the vehicle from a seller who advertised it online and he allegedly collected it in north Dublin, it was claimed.

The boy later brought four other youths in the car, including Dayne Cody, to get petrol and sweets. He got into a panicked state when he passed a garda car and he increased his speed.

The court heard the teenager lost control of the car and there was serious crash in which Mr Cody was thrown through the front window.

One of the other passengers lost a foot and the other people in the car made full recoveries from their less serious injuries.

Det Gda Jennings agreed with the accused boy's lawyer that it was a tragedy and the road was wet at the time. The court was also told he had no prior criminal convictions and was co-operative.

Judge John O'Connor, who was furnished with photos of the scene, refused jurisdiction for the case to be dealt with in the juvenile court.

There was no objection to bail and the teenager, who is in school, was granted legal aid.