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21/10/2021

Probation Act for driving over person’s foot

A motorist who drove-off after he ran over another person’s foot avoided any penalties being imposed at Dundalk district court last week.

A motorist who drove-off after he ran over another person’s foot avoided any penalties being imposed at Dundalk district court last week.

The incident was described as an ‘error of judgement’ by the Defence, and the court heard the accused had returned to the scene and cooperated fully with the garda investigation.

David Geraghty with an address at John Street, Ardee was prosecuted for four hit and run offences arising out of the incident at Mullaharlin Park, Dundalk on the 24th of September last year.

The court previously heard he had been asked to move his car as it was blocking a neighbour in and the incident occurred as he was being given directions by two different people.

The Defence said the 37 year old had panicked and left the scene but had returned and given his details to the gardai.

The case had been adjourned until last Wednesday so a Probation report could be prepared.

When Judge Michael Coghlan said it wasn’t clear from the report, what the victim’s position is - he was told that they had suffered minor muscle damage and back pain and the Mr. Geraghty’s solicitor said that a personal injuries claim was being dealt with by her client’s insurer.

She said it was simply an error of judgement on the day and stressed that her client had returned to the scene.

Judge Coghlan said he would convict but would apply the Probation Act.

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