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Saturday 3 December 2016

Drunken driver who left mum with brain injury is sent to jail for three years

Drunken driver Jayne Kearney
Drunken driver Jayne Kearney

A woman who was almost three times over the legal alcohol limit when she knocked down a mother-of-two leaving her with a brain injury, has been jailed for three years.

Jayne Kearney (26) told gardai she had intended to stay at the Citywest Hotel that night rather than drive her Ford Focus home, but she had a row with her boyfriend.

She drove off after she hit Blathnaid Molloy, who was walking towards the hotel entrance to get a taxi home.

Kearney, of Foxborough Downs, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm and driving while intoxicated at Citywest on March 8 last year.

Ms Molloy's husband was in front of her that night, while her friend was walking behind her.

The couple had been out celebrating their wedding anniversary at a fundraising event for the local GAA club.

Convictions

Kearney, who does not know the couple, had been at the same event.

She has eight previous road traffic convictions including having no insurance, no tax, speeding and having no rear seat belt for a passenger.

Ms Molloy, who has no recollection of the accident, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

She also has a speech and hearing impairment and suffers from dizzy spells.

In her victim impact report, she outlined that on her return home from hospital, for the first few months, the room would spin and the best place for her was lying on her side without moving her head.

She said she missed her eldest's son's first day at school because she vomited every time she tried to move.

Ms Molloy was not able to care for her youngest child, who was 11 months old at the time of the accident, and said it had taken some time for her to re-establish their bond.

"My life has changed forever, as has that of my loved ones. I will never forgive the person who did this to me," she said.

Kearney's own brother was killed as a teenager in a road accident in 2009.

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