Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Driver hit mother and daughter on Benone Beach

A Donegal man who mowed down a mother and four-year-old child while drink-driving on a beach has pleaded guilty to a series of motoring offences.

Paul John Doherty (30), a self-employed plasterer from Ballyhone, Fahan, admitted a series of driving offences at Benone Beach last summer at the Crown Court in Londonderry, when the mother and child were struck by the BMW car.

The mother suffered bruising and the daughter bruising and a fractured collarbone.

Doherty was arrested several hours after the incident following a police chase and search operation which included the deployment of a police helicopter.

Doherty was found hiding behind a building. At his arraignment before Judge Philip Babington, Doherty pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Benone Beach and at the Seacoast Road in Limavady last July 21.

Defence barrister Joe Brolly told Judge Babington that Doherty wished to express his deep regret for his actions.

He said Doherty had admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity and would co-operate fully with the Probation Service in terms of the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Doherty was released on continuing bail until he is sentenced on March 31.

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