Family trio back in court over Ballycastle double fatality car crash

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A son and his parents, all accused in connection with a serious Easter Monday crash in which two people died in Ballycastle, were back in court on Monday to hear that investigators are still sifting through a huge amount of potential evidence.

A prosecutor said there are 55 tape transcripts along with forensic reports including information on an airbag and a phone with 6,000 images on it which has to be analysed.

The family trio was at Coleraine Magistrates Court in relation to a fatal road traffic collision in which two young men were killed and several others injured earlier this year.

Shane Kinney (21) of Drones Road, Armoy, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other charges following a crash at Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, on April 6.

His mother Sharon Kinney (48) and father Kevin Kinney (51) 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 this year.

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

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 this 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 made a no comment interview 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.

At Monday’s court, a defence lawyer accepted it is a “complicated” case.

The three Kinneys are currently on bail and the case was adjourned to December.