Motorist is cleared of hitting woman with car
A MOTORIST has been cleared of knocking a woman on to the bonnet of her car before throwing her on to the ground as she sped away.
Sandra Craig (35) had denied hitting the alleged victim, Aoife Core.
She claimed she was in fear after Ms Core and her partner, Keith Glennon, tried to intimidate her off the road.
Judge David McHugh dismissed the matter, saying the State had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ms Craig, of Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, had denied charges of dangerous driving and failing to keep her vehicle at the scene of an accident.
Ms Core told Blanchardstown District Court that Ms Craig's car overtook her partner's car at Neilstown Road and clipped the wing mirror.
She said they followed Ms Craig in to St Mark's Drive, where she got out and asked her: "What's your problem?"
She said Ms Craig ignored her so she walked away, and then suddenly she was on the bonnet of her car.
Ms Core claimed she held on to the top of the bonnet, but the car moved and she was thrown off and hit the kerb.
In cross-examination, she denied inventing her injuries of a fractured ankle.
Mr Glennon claimed Ms Craig reversed her car, knocking his girlfriend on to the bonnet before she tumbled off the side.
He claimed she is a different person since the incident, is not sleeping and suffers flashbacks.
Ms Craig, who is the former partner of Mr Glennon's brother, said Mr Glennon repeatedly tried to overtake her and intimidate her off the road. When she turned into St Mark's Drive, she claimed Mr Glennon jumped from the car and tugged at her door.
She said he roared at Ms Core, telling her to kill her. Ms Craig denied Ms Core was thrown on to her bonnet.
She also said she was in fear for her life, so she drove straight to the garda station.