Sunday 30 April 2017

Man ran over post mistress after 'aggro' at Communion

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

Sonya McLean

A Meath resident has been jailed for three years after he deliberately knocked over a post mistress and reversed his vehicle over her.

The incident occurred following the First Communion of defendant Keith Sullivan's partner's child.

The court heard there had been "some aggro" between him and the child's father, Stephen Griffin.

Judge Martin Nolan said Sullivan was very angry with Mr Griffin that night and drove his vehicle at the family in a threatening manner.

Vivienne Griffin, the grandmother of Sullivan's partner's children, was left with multiple bruises and a cut to her lip.

Ms Griffin read from her victim impact statement that she knew Sullivan and thought that when he saw her that night he would have stopped "and had some respect".

"He showed no remorse. It's not as if he is a stranger to me."

Sullivan, of Dulled Court, Duleek, Co Meath, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving at Casement Green, Finglas, and failing to provide a blood or urine specimen on May 20, 2013.


He has 10 previous convictions for possession of knives, threatening behaviour and disorderly conduct.

Ms Griffin suffered considerable injuries leading to a four-day stay in hospital and psychological trauma.

Judge Nolan accepted that Sullivan has since reflected and "appears to be remorseful".

Gda David Delaney said Sullivan drove at Ms Griffin, knocked her to the ground and reversed his vehicle over her before fleeing the scene.

Ms Griffin remained on the ground as she was afraid to be moved.

People forced her out of the way when Sullivan drove at the house a final time.

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