Killarney-based taxi driver pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice

A Killarney-based taxi driver has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. Tralee courthouse2 38 year old Alam Rabiul of 27 Countess Grove, Killarney appeared before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court today. Around 9pm on August 26th 2011, 19 year old cyclist Shane Courtney was killed after being struck by two cars on the Killarney to Dingle road at Knopogue, Aghadoe. Prosecuting barrister Tom Rice told the court the charge facing Mr Rabiul arose from this road traffic accident. The taxi driver, originally from Bangladesh, is charged with perverting the course of justice by knowingly and falsely informing Garda Paudie Twohig, who was investigating the crash, that his car had not been in collision with the deceased but another car had. Mr Rice said nobody has been charged with any driving offences arising from the incident. A jury of seven men and five women had been sworn in for the trial earlier today however after lunch the accused man’s legal team asked for their client to be rearraigned when he entered a plea of guilty. Judge Tom O’Donnell thanked the jury and remanded Mr Rabiul on continuing bail to January 11th when a date for sentencing will be set. The judge said he had February 16th in mind.