A DUBLIN man found guilty of dangerous driving causing harm outside a pub in Adamstown has been banned from driving for 10 years.
John Crowe, of 16 Ringfort Avenue, Balbriggan, Dublin, had been convicted by a jury at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court before Judge Barry Hickson of dangerous driving on October 9, 2011, at Adamstown, causing serious harm to Padraig O'Shea.
He was also found guilty of failing to stop at the scene and with failing to keep his vehicle at the scene of accident.
Garda Edward Barry said the incident occurred outside Bradogs Bar in Adamstown. In the bar on the night was the victim Padraig O'Shea along with a number of other people. The defendant was also in the bar accompanied by a David McGuinness. The injured party played pool with David McGuinness while also having an arm wrestle with him.
Garda Barry said that McGuinness struck Padraig O'Shea very aggressively over the head with a pool cue. He said that the defendant and McGuinness left the pub while some minutes later Padraig O'Shea and his brother Seamus also left the pub.
When the O'Sheas approached the car driven by the defendant there was a verbal exchange. Padraig O'Shea was standing in the car park when the vehicle, driven by the defendant, reversed back at speed, knocking him to the ground.
Garda Barry said that at that stage as the car drove forward Padraig O'Shea was pulled to one side by his brother, Seamus.
Padraig O'Shea received a number of injuries as a result, including a fractured leg, back and arm injuries, and was taken to Ardkeen Hospital.
In his victim impact statement, Padraig O'Shea said the biggest thing for him was that no stage did the defendant show any remorse.
'This is now four years and there is still a lack of remorse,' he said. 'The injuries had impacted on myself and family as I was out of work for a year. As I am self-employed I had to depend on my family, I was at a loss of €30,000. I had to attend hospital on several occasions due to infections in my leg. I also suffered injuries to my body that still affect me.
'During the intervening period I also had to attend Kilcreene Hospital to help me to walk again while I also had to attend University Hospital in Cork. I am still suffering some pain in my leg and back. This incident has had a major impact on my family for I still get flashbacks but the biggest thing for me is the defendant showed no remorse and put me through a trial.'
Defence Counsel Ciaran O'Loughlin S.C. said he would like to apologise on behalf of the defendant.
'You had your case settled with the insurance company, including loss of earnings,' said Mr. O'Loughlin. 'That's right,' replied Mr. O'Shea.
Judge Hickson said the defendant is a married man with five children. The incident arouse through banter in a public house but it's accepted that the defendant was the instigator of this accident.
Mr. O'Shea, said Judge Hickson, received horrific injuries which are the facts of the matter.
Judge Hickson disqualified the defendant from driving for 10 years, but adjourned finalisation of the matter on condition that the defendant work with the Probation and Welfare services, follow their recommendations with regard to counselling and psychiatric services.
He said he would adjourn the matter for 12 months on condition that the defendant remain alcohol and drugs free. In breach of this he would serve three years in prison.
Judge Hickson adjourned finalisation of the case to January next.