Court Appearance Of Alleged ‘Hit & Run’ Driver

A man has appeared in court today in connection with the death of 68 year old Mr Michael Stapleton, a Co. Tipperary pensioner.

Mr Stapleton was tragically struck by a hit-and-run driver just metres from his home at Poynestown, near the village of Glengoole, (about 14 km or 8.5 mls) from Thurles town, at around 10.20 p.m. on Sunday July 30th of last year.

Mr Philip Breen, aged in his 40’s and with an address at Lisduff, Gortnahoe, Thurles appeared before today’s sitting of Cashel District Court. The alleged offender faces a number of charges including careless driving causing death; together with failing to stop at the scene of the accident and failing to produce vehicle insurance.

Mr Justice Terence Finn remanded Mr Breen on bail to appear again in Cashel court in March of this year, when the ‘Book of Evidence’ will be served.

Mr Stapleton died on the same road just metres away from where his brother Mr Eugene Stapleton was killed some 15 years previously.


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