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Driver (19) is jailed for leaving the scene

Declan Brennan

Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30

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A man who was involved in a hit-and-run incident involving a six-year-old girl had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident a month beforehand.

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Martin Joyce (19) drove through a red light at a pedestrian crossing, flinging the girl into the air and breaking her leg, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.

He was given a two- year sentence, with one year suspended, and banned from driving for four years.

Joyce, with an address at Cromcastle Court, Kilmore, Dublin 5, was previously convicted on June 29 last of failing to remain at the scene of an accident which took place on November 15, 2014.

A month after that accident, Joyce broke a red light after exiting the Darndale roundabout on Dublin's Malahide Road and hit the six-year-old pedestrian with his van.

Joyce pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Jennifer Casey at the Malahide Road, Coolock, on the evening of December 17, 2014.

The child's mother, Jennifer Squires, was taking her young daughter and her brother Thomas to church where he was singing in the Christmas choir. The family had crossed the first set of lights and were waiting on a traffic island.

When the lights went green, Jennifer went on ahead. Ms Squires told gardaí later that she then saw the green van come at speed from the roundabout and hit her daughter. The child went up into the air and landed on the van's bonnet.

The van then went over her. Ms Squires went over to her child and saw her eyes were closed and thought she was dead. Someone found the victim had a pulse and the Dublin Fire Brigade brought her to hospital.

The court heard that the little girl was in a wheelchair for weeks after the accident and surgical nails would be removed from her bone in due time.

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