Man accidentally knocked down wife while drunk

A MAN who accidentally knocked his wife down with his car while drunk is already serving a “sentence”, a court has heard.

David O’Connor, aged 49, of Castle Avenue, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, was reversing his car after leaving the Castle Tavern pub in Carrigtwohill on January 9, 2011.

O’Connor appeared to knock his wife over and was unaware where she was until he saw her lying on the ground, Midleton District Court heard.

Ms O’Connor was injured and was brought to hospital.

Her husband was arrested for drink driving.

The incident was a “complete accident” and O’Connor co-operated fully throughout the investigation, Garda Carmel Cooney told the court.

Denis Healy, defending, told Judge Olann Kelleher that any additional sentence the judge might impose would be in addition to the sentence O’Connor is serving at the moment.

“He will be her (his wife’s) long-term carer for some time,” said Mr Healy who described them as a “loving couple”.

“Such an unfortunate incident, you can’t imagine the devastating effect it had on the family.”

The solicitor thanked the gardaí for the compassion and humanity they exhibited throughout.

Inspector Eddie Golden said it was “an unfortunate situation” and the “facts spoke for themselves”.

O’Connor pleaded guilty to drink driving and to dangerous driving.

He had no previous convictions.

Judge Kelleher, noting that there was no malice intended, said: “Unfortunately he made an error of judgment when he got into the car and he made an error of judgment when he drove.”

The judge fined O’Connor €650 for drink driving and €500 for dangerous driving. He disqualified him from driving for five years.

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