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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man charged over death of biker in city quays crash

Patrick McArdle
Patrick McArdle

A Northern Ireland man has been granted bail charged with careless driving causing the death of a motorcyclist in a road crash on Dublin’s quays.

Patrick McArdle (47) is facing trial on the charge, following the death of a motorcyclist who was killed instantly in a collision with a truck in the docklands last summer.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Mr McArdle (inset), with an address at Forest Park, Drumintee, Co Armagh is charged with driving without due care and attention, causing the death of Slawomir Korytowski, a Lithuanian national in his 30s.

The offence is alleged to have happened at North Wall Quay, near the 3 Arena on the morning of July 3 last year.

Garda Sergeant Karl Murray told the court he arrested the defendant by arrangement at Store Street Garda Station at 1.47am yesterday morning.

He made no reply to the charge after caution.

Sgt Murray said the charge related to a traffic accident last year and the DPP had directed trial on indictment.

This means the case will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

Sgt Murray applied for an adjournment and said he had no objections to bail.

Judge John Lindsay granted bail in Mr McArdle’s own bond of €300, with an independent surety of €1,000.

The judge granted free legal aid after a statement of the defendant’s financial means was handed in to court.

Mr McArdle did not address the court during the brief hearing. He is due to appear in court again on a date in May.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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