Tuesday 24 May 2016

Driver admits he could have killed somebody

Published 10/04/2012 | 13:38

A WELLINGTONBRIDGE MAN who did 'donuts' on his former school's basketball court while students and teachers were close by admitted he 'could have killed someone' at last week's sitting of Wexford District Court.

Joseph Sinnott ( 20), Quitchery, Wellingtonbridge was charged with dangerous driving at Lakelands, Bridgetown on December 14, 2010

Garda Oliver Daly said at 1.30pm on December 14, which was a normal school day, Sinnott drove his car onto the grounds of the school and started doing 'donuts' for a couple of minutes.

He said Sinnott then left the school and two teachers had to get out of his way on his exit. Sinnott, he said, was a former student at Bridgestown Vocational School, and he was recognised by staff members there who reported the matter to gardaí.

Garda Daly said he called to Sinnott's home at Quitchery and spoke to his mother and shortly after Sinnott contacted him.

He admitted under caution he had performed ' donuts' in the school and said he had 'no reason to do it'. Sinnott, he said, admitted he was showing off to friends. Garda Daly said the incident took place at lunch time and there were a lot of people around.

Under cross-examination from defending solicitor Ed King Garda Daly said he believes Sinnott realises it was an extremely stupid thing to do and said it was 'a foolish case of bravado'.

In his own evidence Sinnott said his behaviour was 'disgraceful' and he 'wouldn't do it again. It happened a year and a half ago. I have grown up since then.'

He agreed he 'could have killed someone' and said ' there is no chance it's going to happen again'.

' This is clearly a case which requires a sentence to mark the severity of it.'

Judge Haughton ordered him to complete 120 hours community service in lieu of five months detention. He also put him off the road for three years.

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