THE driver of a BMW jeep crashed into a parked Audi and warned the owner that if he reported it he would return with 50 people to sort it out.
That was the scenario described by Sergeant John Kelleher at Cork District Court where Desmond O’Leary, aged 51, of 125 Castlepark, Ballincollig, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including a charge of driving without insurance.
Sergeant Kelleher said: “On June 7, 2018, Garda Brian O’Connell attended at Leesdale estate where a road incident occurred.
“A black BMW jeep was stopped with its front left wheel resting on the boot of a blue Audi A4 which in turn appeared to have been pushed forward.
“Desmond O’Leary admitted driving the BMW.
“He stated that the collision had been his fault and he said he was not concentrating and the sun had been in his eyes.
“Garda O’Connell spoke to the owner of the Audi who said he heard a bang and saw the BMW jeep on its side on top of his Audi.
“He said the driver of the BMW started to threaten him after the collision before the gardaí arrived by saying if he wanted to cause any trouble that he would return with 50 people and it would be sorted out this way.”
O’Leary also pleaded guilty to another offence of driving without insurance on June 27, 2017, at Lower Glanmire Rd, where he was involved in another collision.
Judge Olann Kelleher said that the accused man had been convicted of driving without insurance four times previously and these were his fifth and sixth counts for the same offence.
Dennis Healy, solicitor, said: “He knows he should not drive.
“Back many years ago he lost his wife and child and never got counselling for that.”
Judge Kelleher said that if this was being put forward in the case then a medical report would have to be produced.
Mr Healy said he had sought one but did not have one in court.
Judge Kelleher adjourned sentencing for a month for a medical report.
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