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Man charged with dangerous driving causing death of toddler in Phoenix Park to face trial

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Ciaran Lane to face trial
Ciaran Lane to face trial

A DUBLIN man accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a toddler who suffered serious injuries during an incident in Phoenix Park has been sent forward for trial.

Venessa Siatka, who was 23 months old, was allegedly hit by a car at the Ratra Triangle in the Phoenix Park on April 6 last. She died in the early hours of the following morning at Temple Street Hospital.

On September 30th last, Ciaran Lane (24), of of Ashington Avenue, Cabra, was charged with dangerous driving causing her death.

He also has connected charges for driving under the influence of an intoxicant and driving without car insurance as well as other alleged dangerous driving offences at Ashtown Grove, Cabra and at Tesco car park, in the Maple Centre, Cabra on the same date.

He appeared again at Dublin District Court today where he was served with a book of evidence.

The DPP consented to him facing trial on indictment.

Judge Anthony Halpin told the accused, who remains on bail, that he was being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on February 19th.

He was also warned he must notify the prosecution within 14 days if he intends to use an alibi in his defence.