A 38-year-old North Clare man has appeared in court charged with the dangerous driving that caused the death of Stephanie Fitzpatrick.
Damian McNamara of Lissatunna, Ennistymon appeared in Ennis District Court today after being charged with dangerous driving which caused the death of Mrs Fitzpatrick on Saturday 19 February at Cloonaveigh, Lahinch Rd, Ennistymon.
Ms Fitzpatrick was a passenger in the 05-D registered car at the time of the fatal traffic accident.
In evidence of the arrest, charge and warning in court at 10.10am at the Ennis courthouse on Wednesday, Sgt David O’Connor of Ennistymon Garda Station told the court that Mr McNamara made “no reply” after the warning.
Judge Mary Larkin granted legal aid to attorney Daragh Hassett to represent Mr McNamara in the case.
Mr Hassett said it was “a serious matter”.
He had no questions for Sergeant O’Connor about his client’s arrest, charge and caution.
Sgt. Aiden Lonergan said the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) ordered the case to be referred to the District Court for indictment.
Sgt Lonergan said Gardai have no objection to bail provided Mr McNamara surrenders his passport and has no contact with key witnesses in the case.
Mr Hassett said he had no problem with the terms for his client.
Sgt. Lonergan said the case could be adjourned until November 9, when Mr. McNamara is due to stand trial on a summary matter being dealt with by subpoena.
Judge Larkin has remanded Mr. McNamara on bail to appear in Ennis District Court on November 9.
Mrs Fitzpatrick was part of a large and well known family from Doolin Road, Lisdoonvarna.
Stephanie was predeceased by her father Patrick.
She is survived by her mother, Biddy, brothers Pauric, Gerry, Noel, Kieran, and Fintan, and sisters Marian, Carole, Tina, and Eilish.
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