Man charged in connection with Kildare teen, Dane Loakman's road death sent forward for trial

March date for Sallins careless driving charge

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Man charged with Kildare teen road death sent forward for trial

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A Sallins man has been sent forward for trial to Naas Circuit Court on careless driving charges following the death of a 16-year-old schoolboy.

William Nelson, 41,  of 17 Sallins Bridge, Sallins, has been returned turned for trial to the March sitting of the Circuit Court.

At Naas District Court on January 23, he and his legal team were presented with the book of evidence on the case.

Mr Nelson is charged with careless driving, under Section 52 (1) and 52(a) of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, causing the death of Dane Loakman on the Clane road at Castlesize, Sallins, on November 27, 2017.

After hearing about the death of the young person, Judge Desmond Zaidan sent his condolences to the youth’s family and friends.

Judge Zaidan said that no matter how the case ended up, it was a difficult time for the family.

Initially, the judge granted Mr Nelson free legal aid, a solicitor and one junior counsel.

But solicitor, Matthew Byrne, representing Mr Nelson, asked for an additional senior counsel, “given the seriousness of the charges.”

Judge Zaidan granted his request.

The judge asked that the Gardai keep the Loakman family informed of the legal process. “The court process can be very stressful for all concerned,” he said.