Ballycastle car crash forensic reports now received by police

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Police have now received two forensic reports which were awaited regarding their investigation into a serious Easter weekend crash in which two young people died and seven others were injured.

21-year-old Shane Kinney was joined in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday by his parents Kevin Kinney (51) and Sharon Kinney (49) - all charged in connection with the case.

They are all from Drones Road, Armoy.

A police officer told the court the PSNI received forensic reports in recent days and one would be shared with the Public Prosecution Service immediately.

A defence lawyer said the case has been continuing for some time and he was very keen to progress matters.

He hoped prosecutors could “get a move on” regarding making a decision in the case.

District Judge Liam McNally said he was satisfied “reasonable progress” has been made and adjourned the case to February and the Kinneys - who sat beside each other in the dock - were released on continuing bail.

The family trio was at court in relation to a fatal road traffic collision in which two young men were killed and seven other young people, male and female, were injured in 2015.

Shane Kinney is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other charges following a crash at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6.

His mother Sharon and father Kevin are charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the horror road smash their son has been accused of causing.

Two people - Johnny Black (19) from Ballycastle and Robin Wilson (26) from Armoy died and a number of other young people were injured following a collision near Ballycastle on Easter Monday.

Ballycastle teenager Clodagh Arbuckle was left with serious injuries but is now out of hospital.

When the case was in court in November a prosecutor said there were 55 tape transcripts along with forensic reports including information on an airbag.

In September a court was told by a prosecutor a forensic report was still outstanding in relation to paint and a vehicle movements report was also due.

At a previous court a police officer said at 3.41am on Monday April 6 last year police received a report of a fatal road traffic collision at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle , involving two vehicles at the scene - a Volkswagen Bora in which Robin Wilson was going towards Ballycastle and a Peugeot car containing Johnny Black going towards Ballyvoy .

The officer said police investigations led them to believe a third vehicle was involved, a blue Volkswagen Golf, which was identified as belonging to Shane Kinney through its registration number.

He said the suspect presented himself voluntarily at Coleraine Police Station on April 8 and afterwards presented his car for inspection and no damage was found.

The officer said police believed parts were stolen from a car dismantlers yard in Armoy which were fitted on the vehicle and forensics later matched the parts on Kinney’s car to a car in the yard.

He said witnesses placed Kinney at the scene of the accident with damage to his car but that he then left the scene.

The officer said another witness saw Kinney and one of the deceased, Robin Wilson, at Hunter’s Bar in Ballyvoy .

At the time of that court sitting, he said “community tension is very high in the Ballycastle area” and said police had concern for the safety of Kinney.

The policeman said witnesses alleged Kinney’s parents recovered the car on the evening of April 6.