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Thursday 18 July 2019

Motorist accused of driving off after injuring garda in collision

Motorist Denise Ryan was driving a 2016 Mercedes
Motorist Denise Ryan was driving a 2016 Mercedes

A motorist has appeared in court charged with failing to keep her car at the scene of a collision in which a garda was injured.

Denise Ryan (38) had the case against her adjourned after gardai queried her free legal aid application, pointing out that she was the owner of a 2016 Mercedes.

Judge David McHugh remanded Ms Ryan on continuing bail to a date next month when she appeared before Blanch- ardstown District Court. He deferred a decision on legal aid.

Ms Ryan, of Liffey Crescent, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, is charged with failing to keep her vehicle at or near the scene of an incident for a reasonable period.

The charge further alleges that she did this as the driver of a car involved in causing injury to a garda at Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, last April 8.

Unemployed

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court an adjournment was sought as a file was being prepared for the DPP in relation to possible further charges.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said there was no difficulty in consenting to the adjournment. Applying for free legal aid, he said his client was waiting for a carer's allowance.

She had been working but was now unemployed, he said.

Sgt Callaghan said she wanted to see full vouched documentation submitted to support the legal aid application.

Ms Ryan was the registered owner of a 161 Mercedes, she said.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date next month and said he would leave the issue of legal aid until that date.

Ms Ryan was not required to address the court during the hearing and has not yet indicated a plea.

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