Saturday 20 January 2018

Woman hurt after alleged careless driving at car park

Sarah Hanson leaving Blanchardstown District Court
Sarah Hanson leaving Blanchardstown District Court

A woman is facing trial charged with seriously injuring another woman in an alleged careless driving incident in a supermarket car park.

Sarah Hanson (43) had the case against her adjourned after a judge was told the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided the charge should be dealt with at circuit court level.

The case against Ms Hanson was put back for two months at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The accused, with an address at Thomas Davis Street West in Inchicore, appeared in court on one count of driving without due care and attention. The charge alleges that the driving caused serious bodily harm to another person, a named woman.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at Aldi supermarket, Fonthill Road Retail Park in west Dublin on November 13 last year.


Sgt Maria Callaghan handed evidence of the defendant's arrest, charge and caution in to court by way of certificate.

A State solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

She said an adjournment was being sought for the preparation of the book of evidence. When the book is ready, the defendant will be sent forward for trial.

A solicitor for the accused said she was consenting to the adjournment and did not make a legal aid application.

"We are reserving our position regarding legal aid," she told Judge David McHugh.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in November and remanded the defendant on continuing bail.

Ms Hanson did not address the court during the brief hearing.

No details of the alleged offence have yet been stated in court and the defendant has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charge.

The charge of careless driving causing bodily harm is under Section 52 of the Road Traffic Act.

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