Limerick man’s guilty plea over Parteen collision

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Michael Sheehan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm
A MOYROSS man has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a road accident on the outskirts of the city in which three pensioners were seriously injured.

A MOYROSS man has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a road accident on the outskirts of the city in which three pensioners were seriously injured.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court Michael Sheehan, aged 26, of Cliona Park admitted a charge of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Eric Ryan and Liam Barry at Parteen on September 25, last.

Previously, Limerick District Court was told a Limerick-registered Hyundai Accent, which Sheehan has admitted owning and driving was pursued by a marked patrol car when gardai encountered the vehicle following one of a number of burglaries in the Clonlara area.

That pursuit continued to Parteen where the car struck a parked car, resulting in the pensioners being injured.

Eric Ryan from Corbally was seriously injured following the incident while his friends Liam Barry, a retired garda, and Dermot O’Brien were also injured.

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

Following the collision Sheehan fled the scene but was apprehended “a good distance away” by gardai.

The 26-year-old, who has been in custody since his arrest, is also charged with a number of road traffic offences including drink driving and of dangerous driving at six different locations in Clonlara and Parteen on the same date.

After Sheehan formally entered his guilty plea, John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the other road traffic matters are likely to be added to the indictment before the sentencing hearing.

The defendant, who is due to be sentenced next month, has also pleaded guilty to two burglary offences - at Aherina, Kilmore, and Doonass, Clonlara - on the same date of the accident.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned to May 5, next to establish if any of the pensioners who were injured wish to make victim impact statements.