MAN TO BE SENTENCED FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES FOLLOWING DEATH OF INISHOWEN PENSIONER

first_imgA Judge has expressed his heartfelt sympathy to a family whose mother was killed in an accident in Inishowen.Austin Stewart from Fahan arrives at a previous court in Carndonagh.The distraught family of the late Maura Porter, 71, were in Carndonagh District Court yesterday as a man was charged minor motoring offences in connection with her death. Austin Stewart, 45, pleaded guilty to driving without an NCT on his Peugeot car, having a bald tyre and having a broken headlight on the vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to failing to display an NCT certificate.The case had been adjourned eight times since last October after Mrs Porter’s son Brendan and daughter Davina asked the DPP to review the charges.Ms Porter’s case made national headlines after it took an ambulance almost 50 minutes to reach her after she was knocked down and killed while coming home from mass on December 30th, 2013.The case led to a review of ambulance response times across the country by the HSE.Judge Paul Kelly yesterday (TUES) criticised the delay in reviewing the case by the Director of Public Prosecutions.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that he had last adjourned the case in April as he was told the DPP would conclude its re-examination of the case by yesterday.But Gda Insp David Murphy told him the DPP had decided to go ahead with the prosecution of the minor charges, but had not taken a view as yet on the possibility of further charges.Judge Kelly said the deadline for the review had become “something of a moving target”.He adjourned the case until he afternoon and returned to say that he had decided to go ahead with the case as Stewart could later argue the case would be prejudiced if it was delayed further.He said if the DPP were to bring further charges, they would be heard at the Circuit Court.Judge Kelly said he had every sympathy for the Port family and all they had gone through.“But there is nothing that can be done in this court or any other court to bring back the late Mrs Maura Porter,” he added.“It is entirely unsatisfactory that we find ourselves in this position yet again where the DPP has been unable to come to a conclusion.”Mrs Porter’s daughter Davina sobbed loudly as the tragic details of the incident were read out.Defence solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said Stewart will have to live with the nightmare of this for the rest of his life.“His health has been badly affected and he has been left badly traumatised by the matter.”Sentencing was adjourned until September 15 as Judge Kelly asked for a probation report on Stewart.MAN TO BE SENTENCED FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES FOLLOWING DEATH OF INISHOWEN PENSIONER was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew StewartCarndonaghcrashdeathJudge Paul KellyMaura Porterlast_img