Drunk driver who left mum brain injured in jail appeal
A woman who was almost three times the legal limit when she knocked down a mother-of-two leaving her with a brain injury has brought an appeal against the severity of her three-year prison sentence.
Jayne Kearney (26), of Foxborough Downs, Lucan, Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Blathnaid Molloy and driving while intoxicated at City West on March 8, 2014.
She was sentenced to three years prison by Judge Martin Nolan on January 12, 2015.
Opening an appeal against sentence yesterday, Kearney's barrister, Padraig Dwyer SC, submitted that a suspended sentence or community service would have met the case.
Mr Dwyer said Kearney and Ms Molloy, who did not know each other, were both in the same premises enjoying themselves on the night in question.
Kearney had left the hotel after a row with her boyfriend, Mr Dwyer said, and decided to drive home. Shortly after, she struck Ms Molloy.
Kearney was a "decent person with a very good family around her". She lost her own brother to a road traffic accident in 2009 and this had been "adding to her grief". She was on high levels of medication when she went into prison, he said.
He said his client was asking this court whether three years imprisonment was required.