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Second man named in connection with Armagh teenager’s hit-and-run death

The identity of an 18 year old man facing charges in connection with the death of Armagh teenager Lesley-Ann McCarragher in a hit-and-run accident last year has been revealed for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted. 

Nathan Finn of Keady Road, Armagh, is accused of causing Lesley-Ann’s death on April 9, 2016, by dangerous driving and while not having a licence or insurance.

Lesley-Ann was jogging along the Monaghan Road near her home in Milford in Armagh on April 9th 2016 when she was struck.

The 19-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, only to die the following day.  Witnesses at the time described a white Saab racing another car along the road before undertaking on the hard shoulder, where it ploughed into Lesley-Ann. The Saab then turned and drove away from the scene.

Finn was arrested and first appeared at Newry Magistrates Court on April 11 last year, where a detective sergeant said he had shown no remorse over the death, claiming he had sold the Saab to “foreigners” 45 minutes before the collision.

He was granted bail and then remanded in custody for a time at his own request, before later being readmitted to very strict bail.  The youth could not be named throughout proceedings because of his age but, having turned 18, he is now classed as an adult.

During his first appearance in court, police said they were searching for another person whom they believed may have been racing Finn along the Monaghan Road.

The co-accused is 30-year-old Damien Paul McCann of Monaghan Road, Armagh, who is also accused of causing the 19 year old’s death by dangerous driving, and having no insurance.

The case against both men is listed for a committal to trial at Crown Court.