Irishman fights extradition to Australia for killing two Irish backpackers in fatal crash

A Meath man is facing extradition to Western Australia on dangerous driving charges which caused the death of two Irish backpackers in Perth in 2007.

Eamon Mark Driver from Slane in County Meath was recently arrested after he failed to return to WA over the charges.

On Tuesday the Ireland’s High Court granted the 29-year-old bail on “stringent conditions” reports the Irish Times.

Driver, who is currently claiming a disability allowance, is alleged to have been the driver of a hatchback which was involved in a fatal crash on October 31, 2007 resulting in the deaths of Colm Reilly (20), Slane, and Kiara Duncan (20).
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Irish police had expressed concerns about granting the defendant bail. Detective Garda Sergeant Jim Kirwan of the Garda Extradition Unit told the court Driver’s attitude towards the charges was “one of evasion”. He said he had left Australia shortly after the crash and had intended to return in 2009, but had failed to do so.

The bond was set at €75,000. The judge warned him to reside at his home address and not to leave his jurisdiction. The case was adjourned to October.