Jury set to deliberate in Limerick endangerment trial

Limerick Circuit Court

Limerick Circuit Court

  • by David Hurley

THE jury in the trial of a teenager who is accused of trying to knock down a garda in the Southill area of the city almost two years ago is expected to begin its deliberations later today.

The defendant, who can’t be named because of his age, is accused of “recklessly or intentionally” endangering the life of Garda Niamh Keogh on May 23, 2012.

It is alleged the then 15-year-old drove a stolen Mazda car at the garda who was on foot patrol in O’Malley Park.

The defendant has also pleaded not guilty to driving a stolen car on the same date.

In her evidence last week, Garda Keogh, who is the community garda for the area, described how she had to jump behind a pillar when the car was driven at her.

“I thought I was going to be killed or seriously injured, I was in fear of my life,” she said.

The jury has heard that Garda Keogh had a “clear and unobstructed” view of the driver as the car passed her and she identified the defendant as the driver.

Evidence in the case concluded yesterday and the jury of nine women and three men also heard closing speeches from lawyers representing both the prosecution and the defence.

The jurors will be addressed by Judge Carroll Moran this morning before retiring to begin their deliberations.


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