A MOUNTMELLICK minibus driver has been fined for dangerous driving, after he ran over the leg of a man who was lying under his bus following an assault.
The district court heard that Martin Deegan, with an address listed at 43 Esker Gate, Mountmellick, was operating a minibus at Lyster Square, Portlaoise, on December 18, 2011. At 3.06am a fight broke out around the bus and Deegan pulled away, causing the back of the bus to go over the leg of a man lying on the ground. Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the injured party sustained a swollen leg.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen explained that his client runs his own bus and hackney business. On the night, Deegan was loading up a group of people coming out of a nearby club. The bus was about two-thirds full, when twenty people appeared running toward the bus in pursuit of the injured party.
The injured party was attacked at the rear of the bus and Deegan waited for the scene to clear, and when it seemed to be calming down and Deegan was satisfied the group was dispersing he got out of the left side of the bus to check.
When Deegan returned to the driver’s seat he was under pressure from his customers to move, so after checking the mirror and not seeing anyone he moved off. However, the row had moved around to the side of the bus by this point and the injured party was lying on the ground with his leg under the vehicle, being attacked by two people.
Deegan was convicted and fined €300.