Curfew imposed on man charged with hit-and-run death

September 21, 2020

A CURFEW has been imposed on a man who has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run death in Letterkenny.

Letterkenny District Court heard that Paul Dooher (27) of Culdoire, Gortlee, Letterenny, had breached bail conditions.

Jason Haughey, aged 30, was killed when he was struck by a car at Windyhall, Letterkenny in the early hours of June 13th, 2020.

Dooher was interviewed by Gardaí and was before Letterkenny District Court on June 17, 2020, where he faced a number of charges, including hit and run, not having insurance, using a vehicle without the consent of the owner and driving without a driving license.

Dooher had to surrender his passport and signs on at Letterkenny Garda Station twice a week.

Detective Garda O’Sullivan told the Court that Dooher had breached bail condition.

Dooher was, according to bail terms, to be of good behaviour, but Detective Garda O’Sullivan said Dooher was involved in an alleged public order incident on September 12th and in another such alleged incident during the weekend just past.

On September 12th, damage was caused to Dooher’s mobile phone and he has not been contactable on the phone since – putting him in breach of another condition of his bail.

Detective Garda O’Sullivan sought the imposition of a curfew from 9pm-9am and the stipulation that Dooher remain intoxicant free.

“We are concerned,” Detective Garda O’Sullivan said. “They are serious charges and we are being more than fair on Mr Dooher.

“One more chance is all that we will give him. We will look to remand him in custody if there are further charges.

“We are hoping that today might settle hi or we will be seeking a remand. I hope that for his own sake he understands the seriousness.”

Solicitor for Dooher, Mr Patsy Gallagher, sought to have the curfew end at 7am each morning as his client was seeking employment in Killybegs and would have to leave home between 7am and 9am to start work.

Judge Paul Kelly imposed the further bail conditions and warned: “If the Detective Garda had come in and given me this information for bail to be revoked, I’d have granted it. He has decided to give you one further opportunity – and that’s the last one.”

Judge Kelly adjourned the case until November 16th.