Limerick man claimed neighbour drove her car at him

Kilmallock District Court

A COUNTY Limerick man told a judge that his next door neighbour drove a car at him in an attempt to intimidate him.

However, after reviewing CCTV footage of the incident, Judge Patricia Harney dismissed the charge against Angelica Healy (59), of Mahon House, Main Street, Askeaton.

Padraig Meehan gave evidence in Kilmallock District Court that he was walking on Main Street, Askeaton, on March 21 2021 when Ms Healy drove around a corner.

“She stopped the car then revved it and drove it straight at me,” he told the court.

Asked by Inspector Gearoid Thompson why she would do that, Mr Meehan replied “to frighten me or intimidate me”.

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Another man who was the scene at the time, John McMahon, told the court his Jack Russel terrier ran over to Mr Meehan on the street that day and Mr Meehan stopped to pet the animal.

Mr McMahon reaffirmed Mr Meehan’s statement, adding “I thought my dog and Paudie would go the same way … I thought they were dead.”

After viewing CCTV footage of the incident, Judge Harney said “by no stretch whatever have the State established that there was dangerous driving”.

“I note that she revved up. Something certainly occurred,” she said, however adding that at no stage was Ms Healy’s driving shown to produce the “kind of danger described”.