Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mother and child hit by speeding car on busy beach

George Jackson

A MOTHER swept her four-year-old daughter into her arms just seconds before they were both struck by a speeding BMW car on a crowded beach, a court has heard.

The incident left the young girl with a broken collarbone and her mother with cuts and bruises.

Plasterer Paul John Doherty (30), from Ballynahone, Fahan, Co Donegal, was arrested 32km from the beach after he'd sped from the scene.

The alleged incident happened on a crowded Benone Beach in Co Derry on Sunday afternoon.

Doherty admitted to seven charges in relation to the incident. He admitted driving while unfit due to alcohol after a preliminary breath test showed he had just over twice the legal amount of alcohol in his breath.

A police officer told the court that he had been contacted by many witnesses.

They told him the BMW had been doing hand-brake turns at speed and that after colliding with the mother and her daughter, the car initially slowed down before speeding off.

Doherty was released on his own bail of £500 (€582) plus one surety of £1,000 (€1,164) to appear in court on August 19.

Irish Independent

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