Drink driver knocked down his own wife
A MAN who accidentally knocked his wife down while drunk is already serving a "sentence", a court heard yesterday.
David O'Connor (49), of Castle Avenue, Carrigtwohill, Cork, got into his car to reverse the vehicle after leaving the Castle Tavern pub in Carrigtwohill, Cork, on January 9, 2011.
Mr O'Connor knocked his wife over and was unaware where she was until he saw her lying on the ground, Midleton District Court heard.
Mrs O'Connor was injured and was brought to hospital.
Her husband was arrested for drink driving.
The incident was a "complete accident" and Mr O'Connor cooperated fully throughout the whole investigation, garda Carmel Cooney told the court.
Solicitor Denis Healy told Judge Olann Kelleher that any additional sentence the judge might impose would be in addition to the sentence Mr O'Connor is serving at the moment.
"He will be her (his wife's) long-term carer for some time," said Mr Healy who described them as a "loving couple".
"Such an unfortunate incident, you can't imagine the devastating effect it had on the family," said Mr Healy.
Mr O'Connor pleaded guilty to drunk driving and to dangerous driving. He has no previous convictions.
The judge fined Mr O'Connor €650 for drink driving and €500 for dangerous driving.
He disqualified him from driving for five years.