Garda file completed following serious road accident in Parteen

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The scene of last September's accident and (below) Michael Sheehan who said he is unhappy with the delay [Pictures: Press 22]
A COMPREHENSIVE file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a collision on the outskirts of the city, which resulted in three pensioners being seriously injured.

A COMPREHENSIVE file has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a collision on the outskirts of the city, which resulted in three pensioners being seriously injured.

Eric Ryan from Corbally had one of his legs amputated following the incident in Parteen last September while his friends Willie Barry, a retired garda, and Dermot O’Brien, a retired postman, were also injured.

The three men were returning to their car after playing a game of pitch and putt in the village when the incident happened at around 5pm on September 25, last.

A Limerick city man, who was arrested some time later has admitted owning and driving the Hyundai Accent car which hit the pensioners.

Although nobody has been charged in relation to the collision, Michael Sheehan, aged 26, of Cliona Park, Moyross, told gardai he was driving the car which hit the three men.

Sheehan is charged with two burglary offences relating to break-ins at houses in Aherina and Doonass on the same day as the collision. On Tuesday, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court the garda file in relation to matter was recently completed and “transmitted this week” to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said the alleged burglary offences form one part of the file and that there are “other very serious matters in the background”.

Mr Sheehan, who appeared before the court via video link, opposed an application for an adjournment.

He said he has been in custody for more than three months and that he is unhappy with the delay in securing directions from the DPP.

Judge Marian O’Leary noted his concerns and adjourned the case until next week to allow the defendant instruct his solicitor John Devane.

Previously it was alleged that a 1999 Limerick-registered Hyundai Accent, which Sheehan has admitted owning and driving, was pursued by a marked patrol car when gardai encountered the vehicle following the burglaries.

That pursuit continued into Parteen where a serious road traffic accident occurred resulting in the three pensioners being injured.