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Man pinned against wall by mother in a stolen Mercedes


Dropping Well pub, Dublin. Picture: Google Maps

Dropping Well pub, Dublin. Picture: Google Maps

Dropping Well pub, Dublin. Picture: Google Maps

A woman reversed a stolen car into the smoking area of a pub while a man held on to the roof of the vehicle, a court has been told.

Ross Kelly was stopped at a junction next to the Dropping Well Pub in Milltown when he saw Helen Hourigan (34) driving a Mercedes-Benz at speed towards him.

She drove into the back of his vehicle and Mr Kelly got out to speak to her, leaving his wife in the passenger seat.

Hourigan rammed Mr Kelly's car a second time, at which point he opened the driver's door and told her to get out.

Hourigan, of Moreen Avenue, Sandyford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to stealing the Mercedes and to criminal damage of Mr Kelly's VW Beetle in 2015.

Garda Rory Vaughan said Mr Kelly had his arm on the roof of the Mercedes and his foot on the doorsill when Hourigan reversed the car at speed into the smoking area of the Dropping Well, smashing a glass partition and pinning Mr Kelly against a wall.

A few seconds later, Hourigan drove off and Mr Kelly fell to the ground. He was taken to hospital and treated.

Gda Vaughan told the court that Hourigan had stolen the Mercedes earlier that day, when the owner left it unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

Diana Stuart, prosecuting, handed the court victim impact reports from Mr Kelly and his wife, but they were not read out.


Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Hourigan to two-and-a-half years in jail, the final year of which was suspended.

He accepted that Hourigan has since "taken steps to deal with drug addiction".

Gda Vaughan said that, later that night, he attended the scene of an accident and found the stolen Mercedes had crashed into a wall at a housing estate.

Gda Vaughan agreed with Michael Hourigan, defending counsel, that witnesses to both crashes said Hourigan was "clearly intoxicated".

He accepted she had a serious drug problem at the time. This had developed after her brother died in a drug-related incident.

Mr Hourigan told Judge Nolan that the mother-of-four - who is currently serving a jail sentence - now wanted to deal with her addiction so she could be reunited with her children.