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Monday, 9 December, 2002, 13:51 GMT
Video captures teenager's death
Trial is taking place at Belfast Crown Court
Trial is taking place at Belfast Crown Court
A mother wept in a Belfast court as she watched a video of her son on his bike moments before he was killed.

The video was played during the start of the trial of Alison Abagail McKeown, 33, a mother of five from Newtownabbey.

She admits causing the death of Thomas McDonald, 16, but denies his murder.

The incident happened on the Whitewell Road and Arthur Road junction in north Belfast on 4 September, 2001.

Prosecuting counsel said the accused was travelling with her youngest son, a teenager and her partner's nephew when confronted by the teenager on his bike who threw a half brick at her car.

It hit the bonnet and windscreen before bouncing off.

Although Mr McDonald was on the footpath, the lawyer claimed that Ms McKeown's car also mounted the curb, striking the teenager's bike, pushing it along at a speed of about 22mph for approximately 24 feet before the teenager was thrown into the air.

The lawyer said that Mr McDonald landed on his head, suffering a massive fracture to the skull which injured the brain stem, causing his rapid death.

The trial continues.

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"The video was played during the start of the trial of Alison Abagail McKeown"
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