Clara bus trial to continue after day of legal argument

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The trial of a Westmeath vehicle testing firm and an Offaly bus hire company relating to a fatal school bus crash will continue today, Thursday, after a day of legal argument.

The trial of a Westmeath vehicle testing firm and an Offaly bus hire company relating to a fatal school bus crash will continue today, Thursday, after a day of legal argument.

The bus crashed on a bog road just outside Clara, Co Offaly on April 4, 2006 when the back axle came away and the bus flipped over. School boy Michael White (15) died as a result of the accident.

The owners of Clara Cabs, Raymond and Ruairi McKeown, both of River Street, Clara have pleaded not guilty to six counts with failing to maintain the 1989 Mercedes bus, two of which relate to the death of the school boy on April 4, 2006.

David O’Reilly, acting on behalf of O’Reilly Commercials Ltd of Ballinalach, Mullingar, Co Westmeath has pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to failing to note or verify defects when they tested the bus between August 5 and 6, 2005.

The trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court will resume today before Judge Margaret Heneghan and a jury of ten men and two women.