Limerick driver gets licence back after 15 year ban over fatal crash

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Garryduff Cross, Newcastle West, Limerick
Garryduff Cross, Newcastle West, Limerick

A LIMERICK man who was banned from driving for 15 years in 2006 after being convicted in connection with the death of a Kerry truck driver, has had his licence returned to him by Limerick Circuit Court.

John Wilmot, with an address at Blossom Hill, Rathkeale was 22 when he was found guilty of carless driving in June 2004.

The Limerick man had been accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a 35-year-old truck driver, David Power of Kilflynn, Tralee on June 10, 2004.

However he was found guilty of the lesser charge following a trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

Limerick circuit court heard that Wilmot’s car was in collision with a truck at Garryduff Cross, Newcastle West, Co Limerick shortly before midnight on 10 June, 2004.

Evidence was given to the court that Wilmot had a number of drinks when he visited three pubs and a hotel in the hours before the accident.

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Gardaí did not breathalyse him because they did not get a smell of alcohol from him at the scene.

In 2006, a jury found him not guilty of dangerous driving causing death but guilty of the lesser charge of careless driving.

Wilmot was banned from driving for 15 years and as per the legislation, the Limerick man was entitled to apply for a restoration of his licence after two thirds of the time had lapsed.

This week, Judge O’Donnell granted the application to the Limerick man and his licence was returned without any garda objection.