Limerick man found guilty of dangerous driving

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A COUNTY Limerick man has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of a married couple almost four years ago.

A COUNTY Limerick man has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of a married couple almost four years ago.

Michael Harty, aged 30, of St Mary’s Terrace, Askeaton had pleaded not guilty to the charge, which related to a collision at Ardtomin, Askeaton at around 5.45pm on July 29, 2009.

Maurice Hartnett, 61, and his wife Margaret, 59, died after the van they were travelling in was in collision with a 4x4 on the R518 between Rathkeale and Askeaton.

During the eight-day trial, the jury was told that Harty (the driver of the 4x4) had been drinking in the hours before the collision and it was the prosecution case that he had been driving on the wrong side of the road when the impact occurred.

The jury of seven men and five women began its deliberations at Limerick Circuit Court shortly after midday and returned with a unanimous verdict shortly before 3.30pm.

There was no reaction from the defendant when the verdict was read out by the court registrar.

Following the verdict, Harty was remanded on continuing bail pending a sentencing hearing, next Wednesday, January 30.