Wednesday 21 March 2018

Son of murdered Andy Connors awarded €10k for injuries in car accident

Ray Managh

THE 20-year-old son of murdered Andy Connors told a judge today that his dad had taken him to a firm of Dublin solicitors about a car accident but he could not remember who it was.

John Connors, of Blessington Road, Saggart, Co Dublin, was awarded €10,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court for back and neck injuries he suffered in a car accident on December 2, 2010 when he was 15.

Barrister Timothy Sheahan told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, that Mr Connors had sued his aunt, Bridget Connors, in whose car he was a passenger when it struck a wall at Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, Dublin.

Mr Sheahan said liability had been admitted in the case which had become an assessment of damages.

Connors told the court he had suffered neck and back injuries and had afterwards been treated in Tallaght Hospital where he attended on four or five occasions for physiotherapy.

He said he suffered from an unrelated liver condition which required him to stick to a low protein diet.  He was unable to take alcohol and his condition would result in premature ageing.

Connors told barrister Adrianne Fields, counsel for Bridget Connors’ insurance company, that he had no memory of a second accident in which he had been involved in April 2011 in Cork and for which there now seemed to be a damages claim “still out there.”

He said he did recall his father having taken him to another firm of solicitors about a second accident but he did not now know who the company was or where they were situated.

Connors said he would not have been able to find his way back to that firm of solicitors and his father had since been murdered.  He was not aware of another set of court proceedings relating to the second accident and said he had not initiated any.

Judge Groarke, awarding Connors €10,000 damages and his costs, said it had not been contested that he had suffered some degree of soft tissue injuries to his neck and back.

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