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Keith Lennon outside court

Keith Lennon outside court

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Keith Lennon outside court

A 20-year-old man has appeared before Dundalk District Court charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of three people.

The accused, Keith Lennon, of Forest Park, Dromintee, Co Armagh, was refused bail and remanded in custody.

He is accused of dangerous driving causing the deaths of Mary and Kevin Faxton and Bryan Magill on the N1 at Carrickarnan, Ravensdale, Dundalk on Saturday.

He is also accused of failing to report the incident to gardai, contrary to section 106 of the Road Traffic Act.

Objected

Evidence was given by Dundalk Garda Ronan Costello of the arrest and charging of the accused.

Gda Costello told the court he had arrested Mr Lennon at 28 minutes past midnight yesterday and charged him at 1am.

Mr Lennon made no reply after caution to either charge, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Aimee McCumiskey applied for bail to which Gda Costello objected and he referenced the O'Callaghan rules.

He handed in a copy of his objections to Judge Deirdre Gearty and cited several grounds, including the seriousness of the charges and the fear he was a flight risk, as he does not live in the jurisdiction.

Ms McCumiskey told the judge that all four grandparents of her client live in the jurisdiction and were present in court.

Mr Lennon has no previous convictions and enjoys the presumption of innocence, she said.

After hearing the bail application, Judge Gearty remanded the accused in custody to Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

At the request of Ms McCumiskey, the judge recommended that he receive whatever medical attention he may require while in custody.

The accused was wearing a grey hoodie and jeans and did not speak during proceedings.