A GERMAN national who is accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a pensioner who was returning from a school run is to be allowed travel home for Christmas.
Hans Schnottalla, aged 45, who has an address at Drumcarne, Ballycarney, Clarina was brought before Limerick District Court last week after he the DPP directed he be charged in relation to the fatal collision.
He faces two charges including dangerous driving causing the death of Patrick ‘Sonny’ O’Reilly at Ballybrowne, Clarina on February 24, last.
The 73-year-old, who was from Ferrybridge, was returning home after dropping his grandchildren off at school when the accident happened at around 9am.
Mr O’Reilly was pronounced dead at the scene - between Clarina Cross and Ballybrown.
The defendant and a five-year-old child were also treated in hospital following the collision but their injuries were not serious.
Sergeant Gerry Staunton said Mr Schnottalla made no reply when he was formally charged prior to last Thursday’s court appearance.
He said the matter is to proceed on indictment on the circuit court and he requested an adjournment of the case to facilitate the preparation of a book of evidence.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said there was no garda objection to bail subject to a number of conditions.
Mr Schnottalla was ordered not to drive any vehicle pending the conclusion of the proceedings and he must ‘sign-on’ once a week at Roxboro Road garda station.
He must also remain sober when in public.
While gardai have taken possession of the defendant’s passport, Sgt Cronin indicated it will be returned to him to allow him travel to Germany for Christmas.
Judge O’Leary was told the defendant is due to depart on December 19 before returning on January 6.
Solicitor Tom Kiely undertook to furnish gardai with the address in Germany where his client will be staying over the festive season.
The matter is due in court again on January 20, next.