No memory of driving at crowd
COURT HEARS DRIVER WAS ON DRINK AND DRUGS SPREE IN CAHERSIVEEN
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.