Manus ‘Mandy’ Sweeney was left with horrific injuries after he was struck by a jeep being driven by Brian Rodden on September 1st, 2009.
Rodden had consumed five pints at the Millbridge Bar before trying to drive just over a mile to his home.
However Rodden’s jeep veered across the road just outside Kilmacrennan village and struck Mr Sweeney’s van head-on.
Mr Sweeney had to be cut form his van and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to a Dublin hospital for treatment.
The court was told that Mr Sweeney, 63, was initially a wheelchair but now needs crutches to get around on and was more-or-less housebound.
The court also heard how Rodden has since been charged with ANOTHER case of drink-driving which is also before the courts.
Rodden told the court that he had tried to phone his victim but Mr Sweeney’s wife said she did not think it was a good idea.
He told Letterkenny Circuit Court “I’m very sorry for what has happened to him and his family and if I could take it back I would.”
Barrister Peter Nolan said his client is trying to come to terms with his drinking and is attending addiction services.
Judge John O’Hagan said it was a tragedy for both sides in the case because he did not think Rodden was a man who would normally come before the courts.
However he said it troubled him greatly that the accused had another drink-driving case “in the pipeline.”
He sentenced Rodden to 18 months in prison for dangerous driving causing serious injury and suspended the last six months.
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