Motorist avoids jail after OAP hurt in hit-and-run
A hit-and-run driver who knocked down a 79-year-old man when he ran a red light at a pedestrian crossing has avoided jail.
Shane Gavin (25) struck the man outside a shopping centre, leaving his legs "covered in blood". He helped him to his feet, then drove away.
Judge Anthony Halpin gave him a three-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court after Gavin paid €2,000 in compensation to the pensioner and three victims of other separate crimes.
Gavin, of Shanowen Grove, Santry, admitted dangerous driving and failing to keep his car at the scene of an accident.
He was driving outside Omni Shopping Centre, Santry, on October 17, 2013 when he hit the victim.
Gavin parked and helped the man up off the ground and left.
The accused had further "checked in to see how he was" and the victim made a full recovery, a garda said.
The man suffered deep cuts to his knees and arms and abrasions to his palms and knuckles.
In a separate incident, Gavin assaulted and injured a man in a row after playing football in Santry on April 10, 2014.
In the car park on Crestfield Avenue, Gavin hit the victim with a key, cutting his hand.
In another row, Gavin threw a protein shake in a woman's car and she had to pay for the clean-up.
Defence solicitor Richard Young said Gavin had been verbally abused on the sideline in the match incident.
Judge Halpin ordered payment of €800 each to the pensioner and the assault victim.
He divided €400 between the woman whose car was damaged and another woman Gavin spat at. He fined him €300 and banned him from driving for a year.