Saturday 23 February 2019

Driver is facing trial over death of man in hit-and-run incident

Victim Peter Maunde
Victim Peter Maunde

A motorist is to stand trial accused of causing a man's death by dangerous driving and leaving the fatally-injured victim without offering assistance.

Anthony Corcoran (37) allegedly struck Peter Maunde in a hit-and-run crash, driving off with "intent to escape liability".

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Corcoran, of Lyons Street, Newcastle Lyons, Newcastle, Co Dublin, is facing five charges arising from the incident, including dangerous driving causing Mr Maunde's death.

He is further charged that, being the driver of a vehicle in a collision causing injury to Mr Maunde, he did, with intent to escape civil or criminal liability, fail to offer assistance.

The charge alleges he did so "knowing that injury had been caused and being reckless as to whether the death of that person resulted, and the death of that person did so result".

In addition, Mr Corcoran is accused of failing to stop, keep his vehicle at or near the scene for a reasonable period, or report the collision as soon as possible to gardai.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the N7 Naas Road, Clondalkin, on January 31, 2016.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and that the Director of Public Prosecutions was consenting to Mr Corcoran being sent for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He granted free legal aid following an application by defence solicitor Shalom Binchy.

Ms Binchy asked Judge McHugh to extend legal aid to cover senior as well as junior counsel in the Circuit Court.


She added that it was a "particularly complex case" in relation to factors such as retention of evidence.

Judge McHugh responded that he did not think the defence was "quite over the line" in this application and said he preferred to leave that decision to the Circuit Court judge.

He made an order for disclosure by the prosecution of copies of the accused's garda interview video, then remanded Mr Corcoran on bail under existing conditions.

The accused will appear before the circuit court on January 12.

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