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Edgeworthstown hit and run victim describes trauma of 2019 attack

Jan 20, 2022 17:01 By Shannonside News
Edgeworthstown hit and run victim describes trauma of 2019 attack Edgeworthstown hit and run victim describes trauma of 2019 attack
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One man has pleaded guilty to the incident, with another man due before the court in the coming weeks.

The victim of a hit and run and assault in Edgeworthtown in 2019 has spoken of how his life is changed forever following the attack.

Gerard Donoghue was struck by a car that mounted the path on Pound Street in the town in January 2019.

He suffered a serious break to his leg that required 2 surgeries and follow up treatments.

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At today's sitting of Longford Criminal Circuit Court, Judge Keelan Johnstone heard the victim impact statement of Gerard Donoghue.

The Longford man described the physical and mental issues he's dealt with since the incident.

In a statement read to the court, Gerard Donoghue spoke of how he can't walk down the street without fearing he'll be attacked again.

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He says he's been left with pain in his leg for the rest of his life and how it's affected him being able to play with his son.

Last week, Eamonn Stokes of 44 Cluain Na Sibhe, Killashee pleaded guilty to the assault of Mr Donoghue, who is his cousin, and possession of a hatchet on the date in question.

Mr Stokes was the passenger in the Silver fiat punto, along with another male, that drove at the victim as he stood outside of a shop in the town.

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Addressing Mr Stokes in the statement, Gerard Donoghue says 'I can't believe Eamonn left me there', ' we were supposed to be family.'

Eamon Stokes will be sentenced on February 3rd while his co-accused will come before the court in the coming weeks.

 

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