State concludes evidence in Clara bus crash case

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The State have concluded their evidence in the trial of a vehicle testing firm charged in connection with a fatal school bus crash in Offaly over six years ago.

The State have concluded their evidence in the trial of a vehicle testing firm charged in connection with a fatal school bus crash in Offaly over six years ago.

The bus went out of control on a bog road just outside Clara, Co Offaly on April 4, 2006 after the rear drive axle came off. School boy Michael White (15) died as a result of “catastrophic injuries” suffered during the crash.

It is alleged that a missing bolt and fractures in the rear suspension springs resulted in the axle separating from the bus.

David O’Reilly, acting on behalf of vehicle testing firm O’Reilly Commercials Ltd of Ballinalach, Mullingar, Co Westmeath has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges relating to failing to note or verify defects on the bus between August 5 and 6, 2005.

On day twelve of the trial Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, told the court that the state’s evidence had finished.

The trial continues before Judge Margaret Heneghan and a jury of ten men and two women.