Woman charged over death of Crossmaglen teenager in car crash

February 20, 2017

A 21 year old Castleblayney girl who was arrested at Dublin Airport after disembarking from a US flight last week has been remanded in custody charged in connection with the death of a Crossmaglen teenager in a car crash five years ago.

Coleen McCann, with an address at Drumacon, Castleblayney, was arrested by gardaí at Dublin Airport last Wednesday morning after returning from America.

She later appeared before Carrickmacross District Court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of 17 year old Ciaran McKenna in a road traffic accident at Maghernakill, Castleblayney, on July 30 2012.

The teenager, an apprentice joiner who was also a minor footballer with Crossmaglen Rangers, was killed in the collision which happened just a few miles from his home.

Judge Denis McLoughlin refused bail after a Garda detective warned that Ms McCann was a “flight risk”.

Detective-Garda John Ogle told the court that several previous attempts to interview, or charge the woman,  who also used an address at Crossmaglen, were unsuccessful.

He claimed that her father had attempted to block access to the family home to prevent gardai from entering, and had “ordered” officers to keep away from the house, which led to an arrest warrant being issued.

The Garda officer also said that on one occasion a relative told gardaí she would be at home on a specific date but he later learned she had gone to America on the same day.