Limerick man abandoned his mother’s van following crash near home

David Hurley


David Hurley

Newcastle West Courthouse

Newcastle West Courthouse

A LIMERICK man who abandoned his mother’s van after crashing into a wall near his home has been disqualified for two years.

Stuart Bowring, aged 20, of Loughill West, Foynes admitted failing to remain at the scene of the accident which happened on the main N69 in the early hours of December 9, 2017.

A charge of “failing to report” the incident to gardai was withdrawn by the State after the guilty plea was indicated by the defendant.

Inspector Alan Cullen told Newcastle West Court that gardai were alerted, at around 3am to a car which had been abandoned and left sideways on a footpath following an accident.

On arrival a short time later, gardai observed that a “green area had been destroyed and a brick wall damaged” as a result of the impact.

The driver of the vehicle, he added, “had left the scene” but was later identified as the defendant.

Solicitor John Lynch said his client, who has a number of previous convictions, was travelling home from the Kerry direction and lost control at a sweeping bend.

“It was a frosty night, there was ice on the road and he skidded and lost control,” said Mr Lynch, adding that his client’s mother was the registered owner of the Peugeot van.

Judge Flann Brennan was told the incident happened around 400 metres from Mr Bowring’s home and that he was fully insured and had a driving licence.

He said he returned home following the incident and that his mother “got a call from the guards” the following morning.

Inspector Cullen accepted the defendant made full admissions when contacted by gardai. Seeking leniency on behalf of his client, Mr Lynch said the green area, which is maintained by the local community council, has been repaired since the incident.

He added that the wall was not knocked as a result of the impact.

After convicting the defendant, Judge Brennan said he had no option but to impose a two-year driving ban. He also fined Mr Bowring €250. Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal being lodged.