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Sunday 17 December 2017

Driver who broke man's wrist is jailed

A MAN who drove through a housing estate at speed damaging two parked cars and broke a man's wrist has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Gerard McDonnell (23) of Kilmahuddrick Road, Bawnog, Clondalkin has also been disqualified from driving for six years after he pleaded guilty before Blanchardstown District Court to dangerous driving, assaulting John Power causing him harm, driving without insurance and two counts of hit and run at Kilmahuddrick Grove in Clondalkin on October 24, 2013.

Garda Willie Kelly said at 3.20pm McDonnell drove towards gardai in a grey Mercedes car before abandoning it and running from the scene.

A short chase ensued and a local man, John Power, tried to stop the defendant. McDonnell broke Mr Power's wrist in the struggle and was arrested by gardai.

McDonnell, who has 31 previous convictions, has made efforts to repay the car owners for the damage caused to their vehicles.

The defendant's solicitor said McDonnell had lost his father when he was 16 and "went off the rails".

"He has a serious drink and drugs problem but has been free from both for three months," the solicitor said, adding that the defendant's mother is an addiction counsellor who is helping him.

Judge McHugh said McDonnell's offending "has to end in imprisonment" as Mr Power is entitled to justice for the assault on him.

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