Motorbike rider broke man's arm
A MOTORBIKE rider who sped down a country lane broke an elderly man's arm when the man put his arm out to signal to the rider to slow down, a court has heard.
Gunars Baumanis escaped a prison sentence for dangerous driving after the judge handed him a three-month sentence suspended for one year at Balbriggan District Court.
Baumanis (45), of Abbeylea Drive in Swords, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty to various offences, including dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene.
Sergeant Tony Tighe told the court that William Joyce and his wife were walking along the lane when Baumanis sped by on a motorbike trying to coax his companion to race him.
"Mr Joyce put his left arm out to signal to the defendant to slow down and the defendant struck his arm and broke it," said Sgt Tighe.
Fiona Kelly, defending, said her client -- a divorced father of three who works part-time in a warehouse -- wanted to apologise to Mr Joyce and the court. "It is beyond his means to offer compensation," said Ms Kelly.
Judge Dermot Dempsey also disqualified the accused from driving for a total of four and a half years and fined him €400.
"He (Baumanis) has a total disregard to the injuries he caused and it could have been much more serious. The only thing that is saving him from prison is his clean record since 2008," said the judge.