Drunk thug ploughed into pensioners during getaway

Drunk thug ploughed into pensioners during getaway

A drunken criminal who ploughed into three pensioners was jailed for eight-years yesterday.

Career burglar Michael Sheehan from Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick was bailed, despite garda objections, just three days before he ploughed into the pensioners outside a pitch and putt course in Co Clare on the 25th of September 2014.

78-year-old retired garda Liam Barry suffered a number of injuries following the hit-and-run, including a brain haemorrhage.

80-year-old former Limerick inter-county hurler Eric Ryan suffered catastrophic injuries resulting in the amputation of his leg below the knee.

A third man, Dermot O’Brien, who has since passed away, suffered mirror injuries.

Sheehan, who has more than 50 previous convictions, was being pursued by gardai at the time of the crash in connection with a series of house burglaries and jumped over Ryan’s body as he fled the scene, leaving the pensioner pinned to the ground by his car.

During sentencing Judge Tom O’Donnell said he had to take into account the ‘deeply harrowing’ victim-impact statement from Mr Ryan.

Mr Ryan, who also suffered a crushed pelvis, told the court how he went from being an independent man and carer for his wife to a “completely dependent person who can barely manage the simple everyday things in life".

Sheehan admitted that he had consumed a naggin of vodka and eight bottles of cider before hitting the pensioners.

Judge O’Donnell jailed Sheehan for eight years for dangerous driving causing serious injury and burglary.