Trial of man accused of dangerous driving causing death of cyclist will begin next month at Tralee Circuit Court

A man accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a Kerry man will stand trial next month. 22-year-old Shane Fitzgerald from Upper Knockeen, Knockduff, Meelin, Newmarket, Co. Cork is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Paud O’Leary at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla on July 1st, 2012. The trial which will take place at Tralee Circuit Court before Judge Thomas E O’Donnell is expected to last two weeks. Tralee Courthouse 42 year old Paud O’Leary, from Leamyglissane, Gneeveguilla, was out cycling on the morning of the 1st of July 2012. The father of four was training to take part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. He was struck by a vehicle which failed to stop; he died at the scene. His body was found by a family member who went looking for him when he failed to return home. Gardai identified the suspect vehicle as a charcoal grey Toyota Landcruiser, which has never been located. In February last year Shane Fitzgerald was arrested in the UK by Gardai investigating Mr. O’Leary’s death. He was extradited to Ireland, where he was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Paud O’Leary. Yesterday, Tralee Circuit Court was told that the trial would begin on the 24th of February next. The number of witnesses has increased to 136, and it’s understood they’ll travel from as far as Australia to give evidence.

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