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Mary Hand had battled serious depression, the court heard

Mary Hand had battled serious depression, the court heard

Mary Hand had battled serious depression, the court heard

A banned driver who crashed into the back of an articulated lorry had failed to pull up at a stop sign, a court heard.

Mary Hand (45) was disqualified from driving at the time.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter until a date next month for finalisation, warning the defendant that sentencing remained "at large".

The defendant, of Church Road, Mulhuddart, admitted driving without insurance or a licence at Blackcourt Road, Corduff, on April 19 last year.

She also admitted driving without reasonable care or attention in the same incident.

Garda Billy O'Connor told Blanchardstown District Court he was called to the scene of an accident shortly after 9pm.

He said the vehicle Hand was driving had failed to stop at a sign and crashed into the lorry.

The officer said there were no injuries to Hand or the lorry driver.

Traumatic

He said Hand did not have insurance as she was disqualified from driving at the time of the incident.

The court heard Hand had 34 previous convictions, including three for uninsured driving and two for drunken driving.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty previously said that Hand was a single mother with two children.

He said she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and had battled severe depression during her life.

Mr O'Doherty said Hand was "clearly at risk" of a jail sentence.

He asked Judge McHugh to consider adjourning the matter until after Christmas to allow him to bring a number of medical reports to court.

Mr O'Doherty also said Hand was faring well and was doing her best to change her life.

Judge McHugh agreed to postpone sentencing, but warned Hand that "the hill she has to climb is extremely high".

Mr O'Doherty acknowledged that Hand was not being given any false hope.


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