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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Carjacker 'tried to steal BMW' before collision

Crashed car in Donabate
Crashed car in Donabate

A MAN who drove a hijacked Honda into another car, injuring a woman and her young son, had moments earlier tried to steal a BMW from a golf club car park.

Gareth Kenna was armed with a screwdriver when he approached the BMW owner in the car park of Donabate Golf Club.

When he was unsuccessful, he ran out the gates and stopped a red Honda Jazz being driven by a lone woman.

The woman tried to drive away after Kenna stood in front of the car to stop it.

SCREWDRIVER

He pulled his clothing up around his face and produced the screwdriver as he opened the driver's door.

He threatened the terrified woman before speeding off in her car, but only got as far as the Hearse Road where he slammed into the Mazda.

The woman driver is still being treated in hospital for serious leg injuries she suffered in the smash on Friday.

Her left leg was shattered in the head-on crash in Donabate.

Her three-year-old son suffered facial injuries in the crash, but is now home being cared for by his father while his mother is being treated in Beaumont Hospital.

The alleged carjacker, who remains in a critical condition in the same hospital, had previously been banned from driving for 15 years and had promised a judge he would never get behind a wheel again.

Kenna, from Rooskey, Co Roscommon, has 75 previous convictions for offences including driving while disqualified and speeding and 15 convictions for not having insurance.

In November 2010 he was spared a jail sentence at Ballymote District Court in Co Sligo after he gave an undertaking he would never drive again.

The court was told he had been banned from driving when he was stopped at Stoneparks, Ballymote, on September 4, 2009, shortly after he had been released from jail. He was given a 15-year driving ban by Longford District Court and there was also a 10-year ban in place.

"I ask you not to send me back to prison," the father of two told the court. "I have no intention of getting back behind the wheel of a car."

cfeehan@herald.ie

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