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Community service for driver who caused collision in which woman lost her ear

Defence admitted his client's lack of experience may have played a factor in the incident which had 'devastating consequences'

Armagh Courthouse

A Keady woman who caused a collision which resulted in another female losing her ear has been ordered to complete 120 hours of community service.

The 25-year-old’s barrister admitted his client’s lack of experience may have played a factor in the incident which had “devastating consequences”.

Aine Gibney, of Fairgreen Park, appeared for sentencing on causing grievous bodily injury by careless driving at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that at 2pm on December 20, of 2019, police were called to a three vehicle collision on the Keady Road in Armagh.

Upon arrival, the fire service were already at the scene with a Peugeot, a Land Rover and a Volkswagen Golf being identified as being involved in the incident.

The Peugeot was driven by the defendant, who was left with a broken wrist and a damaged kneecap due to the collision.

A passenger in the Land Rover lost her ear as a result of the incident, with the driver of this vehicle along with the driver of the third suffering from pain and bruising.

Upon questioning, Gibney admitted that she collided with the two other vehicles after she lost control of her own after hitting a pothole.

Defence barrister Conor Coulter admitted that his client’s lack of experience may have played a factor in the incident which had “devastating consequences”.

He told court that Gibney had described to probation how she would be “forever remorseful”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented that the injury caused to the female passenger of the Land Rover was also “permanent”.

Gibney was ordered to complete 120 hours of community servicer and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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