A man charged in connection with a serious Easter Monday crash in which two young men died and seven other people were injured has had a bail condition lifted which had banning him from driving.
Coleraine Magistrates Court was told on Monday the change to bail happened at a previous court hearing but that he is still banned from entering Ballycastle where the collision happened in April 2015.
Shane Kinney (21) of Drones Road, Armoy, appeared at the court on Monday and was joined in the dock by his father Kevin (51) and mother Sharon (49) - all of the same address - who are also charged in connection with the case.
A preliminary enquiry (PE) - the legal step to send the case to the Crown Court for a potential trial - was due to go ahead on Monday but has been postponed.
District Judge Liam McNally asked why the prosecution was not able to meet the date and a prosecutor told the court she had been asked to pass the matter to get more details to the court.
Defence lawyers for the Kinneys expressed concern about the delay.
Shane Kinney’s solicitor Connel Trainor said his client had been banned from the road as part of bail but had his bail amended at a previous court to allow him to drive but he is still not allowed into Ballycastle.
Last year a court heard the Ballycastle ban was made part of bail because emotions were running high in the town following the collision.
Shane Kinney is charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, seven charges of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and other charges.
A lawyer for Sharon Kinney said no sanction could be imposed on the PPS for failing to meet the PE deadline and said even if the judge dismissed the charges prosecutors could bring forward fresh charges.
He said Mrs Kinney has no criminal record and is “very distressed” at the matter hanging over her.
Judge McNally adjourned the case to June 13 “for the PPS to explain the delay”.
He adjourned the case to next Monday to fix a new date for the PE and said the new date will have to be adhered to.
The Kinneys, who have been released on continuing bail, have been excused from attending court next week.
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 following a collision near Ballycastle on Easter Monday, 2015.
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 last year a police officer said at 3.41am on Monday April 6, 2015, 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, the police officer 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.