No mem­ory of driv­ing at crowd

COURT HEARS DRIVER WAS ON DRINK AND DRUGS SPREE IN CA­HER­SIVEEN

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

A MAN who drove his car at a crowd at speed while on a drink and drug spree in Ca­her­siveen town, of which he has no mem­ory ‘high up or low down’, has been given a two month sus­pended sen­tence and a four year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing.

Kieran Lucey with an ad­dress at Ban­duff Road, Cork was be­fore Ca­her­siveen Dis­trict Court for en­gag­ing in reckless con­duct by driv­ing his car at speed at a crowd and as­sault caus­ing harm fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at Church Street, Ca­her­siveen. He was also charged with fail­ing to give a sam­ple aris­ing out of the same in­ci­dent on July 15, 2017.

The court heard that gar­daí re­ceived a call that a pedes­trian had been knocked down by a car and that the car had fled the scene.

CCTV footage ex­am­ined showed Mr Lucey open­ing his driver’s door, look­ing back, and re­vers­ing at speed and knock­ing a man down.

The ac­tion was ‘de­lib­er­ate’ and ‘se­vere’ the court was told.

Mr Lucey re­turned to the scene of the in­ci­dent on foot and gar­daí re­cov­ered the ve­hi­cle and Mr Lucey was taken to Kil­lar­ney Garda Sta­tion.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor, Paul O’Donoghue, told the court that Mr Lucey had come to Ca­her­siveen to carry out main­te­nance work on a lift and had checked into a ho­tel.

He had fin­ished work early and had gone on an ‘enor­mous drink binge’ with a friend, which in­cluded nu­mer­ous pints and raw whiskey as well as cannabis.

He went back to the ho­tel with his friend who fell asleep. He was told to leave the ho­tel and he went to the car and drove back­wards and struck a male who was not se­ri­ously in­jured. The par­ties were not known to each other and this was a ‘mind­less act’ Mr O’Donoghue said.

The court heard that Mr Lucey has ‘no rec­ol­lec­tion high up or low down’ of what hap­pened.

“He was shocked when he saw the CCTV footage and he can’t ex­plain it. He re­mem­bers go­ing to the pub and his next rec­ol­lec­tion is when he left Kil­lar­ney garda sta­tion.”

“He is dev­as­tated by the in­ci­dent.”

Judge David Wa­ters said that this was an ‘ex­tremely se­ri­ous mat­ter’.

“There was mal­ice. He took a look be­hind and drove his car.”

He handed down a two month sus­pended sen­tence for en­gag­ing in reckless con­duct and con­victed and fined him €300 and a four year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing for fail­ing to give a sam­ple. He was also con­victed and fined €250 for as­sault caus­ing harm.

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