Tuesday 21 November 2017

Good Samaritan injured after he offered to tow car out of ditch

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Eimear Cotter

A MAN whose girlfriend drove their car into a ditch got into a scuffle with a Good Samaritan who gave him a tow.

Door fitter Aidan O’Hara (36) also caused €4,000 of damage to the man’s car after he reversed and drove off in a hurry.

He was angry because he felt the victim had not properly hooked up the tow and was causing more damage to his girlfriend’s car.

The defendant, of Hands Caravan Park, Donabate, admitted counts of assault and criminal damage when he appeared before Swords District Court, as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a six-month sentence and banned O’Hara from driving for 10 years.

Gda David Byrne said O’Hara’s girlfriend drove the car off the road at a bend near Donabate Estuary on February 27 last year.

Gda Byrne said the victim came out of his house to help, and he hooked a tow up to the car.

He said that, after the car was removed from the ditch, there was a scuffle and the victim suffered minor cuts and bruises.

Dangerous

O’Hara then got into the car and reversed it in a dangerous manner, colliding with the victim’s new car and causing €4,000 of damage to the rear door, bumper and light.

Gda Byrne said O’Hara had no driving licence and was not insured to drive at the time.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said three men came out of a house to help after O’Hara’s girlfriend drove into the ditch, and they hooked a tow to the vehicle.

Mr Jackson said the defendant felt the tow wasn’t done properly and had damaged the undercarriage of the car.

He got out of the vehicle and started shouting at the men.

Mr Jackson said O’Hara thought the men might assault him, there was a scuffle and he ended up rolling around on the ground with one of them.

The court heard O’Hara then got into the car and drove off.

Gda Byrne accepted the assault was at the “very minor end” of the scale.

Mr Jackson said the defendant, a father-of-three, most recently worked as a door fitter.

He also said O’Hara had no drink or drugs issues but has a temper and on occasion he “seems to lose it”.

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