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Monday 18 December 2017

Ban for driver who struck woman twice

A MOTORIST struck a young female as she was trying to cross a road in a Dublin car park, a court heard.

Stephanie Rafferty (37) also hit the woman a second time as she tried to pass her.

A court heard that Rafferty "panicked" after the accident and she didn't know what to do.

Judge David McHugh fined Rafferty €200 and disqualified her from driving for two years.

The defendant, with an address at Greenfort Lawns in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance.

The offence, contrary to the road traffic acts, took place at Pennyhill car park, Ballyowen Lane in Lucan on October 31 last year.

Rafferty also admitted to driving without due care and attention, commonly known as careless driving, at the same time and place.

She further admitted to a hit and run offence, namely failing to report an occurrence.

A number of other road traffic offences were struck out.

Garda Sean O'Leary said he was on mobile patrol on October 31 around 6.35pm when he received a report of a road traffic accident.

Gda O'Leary said the spoke to the victim, who claimed a 2004-registered vehicle had collided with her.

The Garda said the female victim told him the car struck her on the right side as she was trying to cross the road.

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The garda said the vehicle then hit her a second time as she passed it.

Gda O'Leary said that Rafferty spoke to the victim, who was uninjured as a result of the accident.

He said he conducted a number of enquiries and later called to the defendant's home in Clondalkin, where under questioning she admitted she had been driving the car.

The court heard that Rafferty has never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Karl Monahan said Rafferty co-operated fully with gardai and made full admissions to driving the car.

Mr Monahan said the accident took place in a car park and the defendant was driving at a very low speed.

He also said she "panicked" on the day.

The court heard that Rafferty is a lone parent and has three children.

In relation to driving without insurance, Mr Monahan said Rafferty had just received the car.

He said that the defendant was insured on her father's car, and she thought the insurance had been changed over to her new car but it had not been done.

Mr Monahan said Rafferty wished to apologise for her behaviour and for him to impress upon the court that she was not deliberately driving without insurance.

Imposing a two-year driving ban, Judge McHugh said he accepted that Rafferty was not deliberately driving without insurance.

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