Saturday 20 January 2018

Man guilty of reversing car over victim outside pub

A DUBLIN man has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing harm following an incident outside a pub in Adamstown.

John Crowe, of 1 Ringfort Avenue, Ballrothery, Balbriggan, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court before Judge Barry Hickson of dangerous driving on October 9. 2011, at Adamstown, Wexford, causing serious harm to Padraig O'Shea.

He also pleaded not guilty to failing to stop at the scene, and also with driving a vehicle which was involved in the occurrence of an injury to Padraig O'Shea.

Prosecuting Counsel, Ms Sinead Gleeson, told the jury that Padraig O'Shea was injured by the vehicle and the defendant did not remain at the scene, but drove the whole way back to Dublin instead. She said the defendant and another man, David McGuinness, travelled to Adamstown and attended Brad Og's pub in the village where the defendant met Padraig O'Shea.

An argument broke out and Mr O'Shea was hit on the back of the head by a snooker cue by David McGuinness. The defendant, Mr Crowe, along with Mr. McGuinness were asked to leave the pub.

Ms Gleeson told the jury the defendant reversed his vehicle and drove at Mr. O'Shea. Mr. O'Shea was knocked down and pinned under the vehicle which proceeded to reverse back over him. The licence plate of the vehicle was noted, with the defendant later found by gardai.

Padraig O'Shea said he was in Brad Og's Pub in Adamstown when the two men, not known to him, arrived in. He said he played pool with David McGuinness while also having an arm wrestle with him. Later, he said, McGuinness struck him very aggressively with a pool cue over the head. The two men were escorted from the pub.

Mr O'Shea then left the pub and knocked on the window of the car. He said he did not know what happened after that. As a result of the incident he received a fractured leg, back and arm injuries, and was taken to Ardkeen Hospital in Waterford.

The witness denied to Defence Counsel, Ciaran O'Loughlin, that he said inside the pub 'go away you fairy' to the defendant. He also denied there was a hostile reaction after he was struck with the pool cue.

Seamus O'Shea told the jury he saw Padraig underneath the car. The car was on top of Padraig and then reversed back. He also said that he thought the car was going to move forward again and he pulled Padraig to one side. He could see that Padraig was breathing, but the car tyres were screeching and the defendant left the car park.

Thomas Walsh Jnr, an employee of Brad Og's Pub, said there were verbals between Padraig O'Shea and David McGuinness. He also recalled an arm wrestle between the two, as well as David McGuinness hitting the victim over the head with a pool cue.

Mr. Walsh said when he went outside he was trying to defuse the situation while Padraig and Seamus were pulling at the car door. He said the car reversed and the accelereated with the front wheels of the car going over Padraig. The car reversed with the two wheels coming back over Padraig again. The car remained for a few seconds, reversed and drove away.

At that stage the emergency services were called.

Garda Colm Lynskey, who is based at Balbriggan Garda Station in Dublin, said he became aware of a vehicle being involved in an incident in Adamstown. Having later seen the vehicle outside a house he spoke with the owner, Christine Nash. He informed her the vehicle had been involved in an incident in Adamstown. He asked who the driver of the vehicle was and she said a John Crowe. The vehicle was later seized and the defendant interviewed in relation to the incident.

The defendant did not go into evidence.

After the jury was charged by both counsel and Judge Hickson, they deliberated for around two hours before returning a guilty verdict on all three charges.

Sentencing was adjourned to next sessions to allow for a Probation and Welfare report.

Ms Glesson also asked for a Victim Impact Statement.

Wexford People

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