A lawyer for the teenager whose dangerous driving caused serious bodily harm to a two-year-old boy outside his house in Cork city last March asked for his sentencing to be adjourned for a governor’s report from Oberstown detention.
That application was made yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Siobhán Lankford made the application for the teenage who cannot be named as he is under the age of 18. Judge Brian O’Callaghan put sentencing back until November 14.
Detective Sergeant Mary Skehan served the accused with a book of evidence earlier this month at a sitting of the juvenile court in Cork.
Det. Sgt. Skehan said the injured party – a two-year-old boy - was hospitalised at Temple Street Children’s Hospital for seven weeks for treatment for a head injury and other injuries following the incident on March 25 at a housing estate in Cork was still in rehabilitation.
Ten charges were brought against the accused. The most serious is one of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm. Further charges relate to failing to remain at the scene and driving a defective vehicle. The teenager pleaded guilty to all counts.
Det. Sgt. Skehan testified that the car parked in a housing estate could be heard revving loudly for about three minutes, attracting the attention of residents in surrounding houses.
When a third passenger got into the car he began to drive out of the estate at excessive speed, with witnesses hearing the sound of spinning tyres, it was alleged. It was alleged that took off at high speed striking the two-year-old toddler and leaving the scene without ever calling for medical assistance for the infant or reporting the incident.
The 17-year-old defendant is not identified as he is a juvenile. The injured party is not identified because of provisions of the Children’s Act.