Dungannon farmer admits causing his father’s road death on A4

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A Co Tyrone farmer has admitted causing his father’s death in a road traffic collision but denied that he was driving dangerously.

Standing in the dock of Dungannon Crown Court, 45-year-old Paul Alexander Brady pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Phelim Alexander Brady by driving dangerously on the A4 dual carriageway in the town on June 25 2014.

However, Brady, from the Minterburn Road in Caledon, pleaded guilty to causing death by driving while disqualified and without insurance on the same date.

Alongside Brady in the dock was 51-year-old lorry driver William Mark Murphy from the Prospect Road, Ballyward in Castlewellan, who also denied the single offence of causing Mr Brady’s death by dangerous driving.

The charges arise after the tractor, driven by Paul Brady, was in collision with Mr Mark’s lorry, causing injuries which claimed the life of 69-year-old Phelim Brady.

Prosecuting lawyer Simon Reid said despite the admissions, Brady would still face a trial on count one.

Adjourning the case for two weeks to allow the prosecution sufficient time to obtain witness availability, Judge Stephen Fowler QC also extended legal aid to include senior defence barristers. Both Murphy and Brady were released on continuing bail. Father-of-four Phelim Brady was a well-known and respected man in Caledon community.