BRAVE WIFE OF DONEGAL TEAM DOCTOR KEPT HER CAR-JACKING ORDEAL SECRET

first_imgThe wife of the Donegal GAA team doctor didn’t tell him she had been involved in a terrifying carjacking incident until after a vital game at Croke Park.Bernadette Moran was left shocked when a thug pulled her from her jeep in Dublin with her nine year old child in the back seat.Ms Moran, 37, the wife of Dr Kevin Moran, was with her three children just hours before the Donegal team’s All-Ireland quarter final game against Kerry on August 5th, 2012. Ms Moran, from Letterkenny, pulled up outside a park at Mountjoy Square to allow her children put litter into a bin.As they did so, thug Christopher Coakley pulled her from the jeep and tried to drive away.However the handbrake was on and Ms Moran had enough time to get her child form the back seat.Coakley drove off but crashed the car a short time later before running off. Ms Moran told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio she decided not to tell her husband about her family’s ordeal until after the massive GAA game.“I decided not to tell him because there was no point. He had enough to be going on with and we were safe and the Gardai were looking after us very well.“It had been terrifying more so because what could have happened. Thankfully we were safe at that stage.“My husband called me and asked me if everything was okay before the game as if he sensed something.“I told him everything was fine and wished him well in the game. I told him afterwards and thankfully the result was right and we won the game and everyone was okay,” she said. Coakley, 21, of Belvedere Place, who had 92 previous convictions, appeared at the Central Criminal Court before Judge Desmond Hogan.He pleaded guilty to hijacking Ms Moran’s jeep and was sentenced to three years in prison to serve concurrently with a three sentence he is already serving for a firearms offence.Ms Moran said she holds no bad-feeling towards Coakley and hopes he manages to turn his life around.“I have no bad feeling towards him. I don’t really mind that he is not going to serve any more time in prison because he is already facing enough problems. “When I had to identify him he was shaking and I felt pity for him. That was ironic. I just hope he manages to turn his life around now.“You can make as much or as little out of something as you want and we as a family decided to make little out of it.“Crime happens all the time and it was just our turn that day,” she said.BRAVE WIFE OF DONEGAL TEAM DOCTOR KEPT HER CAR-JACKING ORDEAL SECRET was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernie MOramcar-jackedCroke ParkDr Kevin Moranlast_img

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