'Curve ball' new witness in case of taximan versus critic
Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30
The trial of a taxi driver accused of careless driving after food critic Tom Doorley was knocked down in Dublin has been thrown a "curve ball" after a new witness came forward.
Dublin District Court had already heard all the prosecution and defence evidence.
Judge Miriam Walsh had adjourned the case for more than a week to consider her verdict. When it resumed, the defence said a man had come forward as a potential witness having read about the case in the media. She described the development as a "curve ball" and adjourned the case for another two weeks.
A decision has yet to be made as to whether new evidence will be admitted.
Taxi driver Mark Cruikshanks (38), of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to careless driving at Fleet Street on the evening of October 17, 2014. He claims Mr Doorley rushed out in front of his car. In evidence given earlier, Mr Doorley told Judge Walsh he suffered two broken shoulders when he was knocked down. He alleged he checked if any cars were coming before he crossed the Fleet Street junction with Westmoreland Street.
Mr Doorley appears as a resident critic in TV3's hit reality show 'The Restaurant'.