Killarney taxi driver pleads not guilty to perverting the course of justice

A jury has been sworn in for a case involving a Killarney taxi driver accused of perverting the course of justice. Tralee courthouse2 38 year old  Rabiul Alam of 27 Countess Grove, Killarney has pleaded not guilty in the case, which is being heard at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court. Prosecuting barrister Tom Rice told the court the charge arose from a road traffic accident on the Killarney to Dingle road at Knopogue, Aghadoe Killarney in which 19 year cyclist Shane Courtney died on August 22nd 2011. The incident happened around 9pm Mr Rice said when the cyclist was allegedly struck by two cars. Mr Alam is charged with perverting the course of justice by knowingly and falsey 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 it is the state’s case that the accused man’s car first hit Mr Courtney and another car driven by Emma Pierse then hit him. Mr Rice said nobody has been charged with any driving offences but the accusation relates to how the accused engaged with Gardai investigating the collision. Mr Alam denies the charge. A jury of seven men and five women have been sworn in for the case being heard before Judge Tom O’Donnell. The trial is expected to last two days.