Fa­tal in­ter­nal in­juries

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THE late Padraig Noone who was killed in the Castle­bald­win crash was given the last rites at the scene by the late Bishop of El­phin Christo­pher Jones.

Truck driver Kevin Co­gan tes­ti­fied that he saw the late Bishop - a fel­low Roscom­mon man - tend to the vic­tim on the grassy em­bank­ment along the N4 on Au­gust 13th 2015.

Sligo Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court heard also from mo­torist Colm Ta­heny who was one of the first on the scene at 11.20 that morn­ing.

He de­scribed how he ap­proached the JCB and saw the vic­tim half trapped un­der­neath.

“I knelt down be­side him and held his hand and spoke to him to see if he could hear me but there was no re­sponse,” he told Judge Fran­cis Comer­ford.

Gavin Mee­han was one of the first fire of­fi­cers at the scene at 11.40am and im­me­di­ately cov­ered Mr Noone’s re­mains with a sheet.

Later on, the then As­sis­tant Chief Fire Of­fi­cer with Leitrim County Coun­cil Noel O’Reilly stayed at the scene un­til mid­night and fa­cil­i­tated a visit of the scene from the de­ceased’s fam­ily mem­bers.

Prose­cut­ing Coun­sel Ms Orla Crowe SC, read out to the court a de­po­si­tion from Dr Colm Lof­tus, a GP in Boyle.

He said he re­ceived a call to go to the scene from Gar­daí at 12.55pm. He was met there by Sgt Gerry Cur­ley who showed him the fa­tal vic­tim par­tially trapped by the JCB.

He said he was “mo­tion­less with no signs of life.” He pro­nounced Padraig Noone dead at 1.18pm.

The re­mains were re­moved to Sligo Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal and iden­ti­fied there by the vic­tim’s daugh­ter, Elaine Noone.

An au­topsy re­port from Dr Galen Kyurkchiev who car­ried out a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion of the de­ceased was also read out as he as since left the juris­dic­tion.

His find­ings were that Padraig Noone’s death was due to mas­sive in­ter­nal bleed­ing due to mul­ti­ple in­ter­nal in­juries.

The fa­ther of two also sus­tained a frac­ture to his left arm, frac­tured ribs on both sides, a frac­tured left an­kle, mul­ti­ple left thigh frac­tures and pelvis frac­tures.

He sus­tained only mi­nor lac­er­a­tions to his head and there were no skull frac­tures.

Mem­bers of the Noone fam­ily were vis­i­bly up­set in court while the ev­i­dence was read out.

The ac­cused, truck driver Vlas­timil Zachar of Con­nell Drive, New­bridge, sat with his head bowed, lis­ten­ing in­tently to his Czech in­ter­preter trans­late the pro­ceed­ings.

The trial is ex­pected to hear fur­ther tes­ti­monies from med­i­cal ex­pert wit­nesses for both the pros­e­cu­tion and de­fence this week.

Judge Fran­cis Comer­ford

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