Limerick man charged over crash to face trial

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Michael Sheehan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm
A LIMERICK city man who is charged in connection with a road accident in which three pensioners were seriously injured is to stand trial on indictment later this year.

A LIMERICK city man who is charged in connection with a road accident in which three pensioners were seriously injured is to stand trial on indictment later this year.

Michael Sheehan, aged 26, of Cliona Park, Moyross is charged with dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Eric Ryan and Liam Barry at Parteen on September 25, last.

He is also charged with three ‘hit and run’ offences and dangerous driving at six different locations in the Clonlara and Parteen areas on the same date.

In addition, Sheahan is accused of refusing to give a sample of his blood or urine to gardai at Mayorstone garda station on the same date.

The defendant, who is also charged with two burglary offences - at Aherina, Kilmore and Doonass, Clonlara - has been in custody since he was arrested following last September’s incident.

He first appeared in court a number of days afterwards when he was charged with burglary offences.

On Tuesday, Garda Shane Hayes told Limerick District Court the book of evidence relating to three of the charges had been completed and served on Sheehan.

Sergeant John Moloney said the Director of Public Prosecutions had been consulted in relation to the matter and that the three charges are to be dealt with at the circuit court.

He told Judge Marian O’Leary the remaining road traffic charges are to proceed summarily at the district court.

Previously, the court was told that a Limerick-registered Hyundai Accent, which Sheehan has admitted owning and driving was pursued by a marked patrol car when gardai encountered the vehicle leaving the scene of one of the alleged burglaries.

That pursuit continued to Parteen village where the car is alleged to have struck a number of parked cars, resulting in the pensioners being injured.

During a previous bail application it was alleged that following the collision Sheehan fled the scene but was apprehended “a good distance away” by gardai.

Pensioner Eric Ryan from Corbally was seriously injured following the incident and subsequently had a leg amputated.

His friends Liam Barry, a retired garda and Dermot O’Brien were also injured in the collision.

All three men, who are aged in their 70s, were returning to their cars after playing a game of pitch and putt in the village when the incident happened at around 5pm.

After being informed the book of evidence had been served on Mr Sheehan, Judge O’Leary issued the Alibi warning and remanded him in continuing custody to appear before the circuit court after Easter.

If convicted, Mr Sheehan faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to €20,000.

Because of the involvement of gardai in the lead-up to the collision, a separate investigation was launched by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission following last year’s incident.