Trial thrown a ‘curve ball’ after new witness emerges

The trial of a taxi driver accused of careless driving after food critic Tom Doorley was knocked down in Dublin City centre has been thrown a “curve ball” after a new witness came forward.

Trial thrown a ‘curve ball’ after new witness emerges

Mr Doorley suffered two broken shoulders during the incident and Dublin District Court had already heard all the prosecution and defence evidence. Judge Miriam Walsh had adjourned the case for more than a week to consider her verdict.

When it resumed, the defence said a man had come forward as a potential witness, having read about the case in the media. She described the development as a “curve ball” and adjourned the case for another two weeks. A decision has yet to be made as to whether the alleged new evidence will be admitted.

Taxi driver Mark Cruikshanks, aged 38, of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty and has gone on trial accused of careless driving at Fleet St on the evening of October 17, 2014. He claims Mr Doorley rushed out in front of his Toyota Avensis.

In evidence given earlier, Mr Doorley told Judge Walsh he suffered two broken shoulders when he was knocked down. He alleged he checked if any cars were coming, before he crossed the Fleet St junction with Westmoreland St. Mr Doorley, a gourmet who is a resident critic in TV3’s hit reality show The Restaurant, writes a food and wine column for the Irish Daily Mail.

He told the court that he lives in Cork but also has a flat in Dublin.

The court heard he was taken by ambulance to St James’s Hospital and was subsequently treated at Blackrock Clinic.

Garda Declan Ryan said Mr Cruikshanks was “very shaken up by what happened”.

He said the taxi driver told him he did not see the pedestrian and suddenly there was an impact on the front of his Toyota Avensis and he braked immediately.

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