Wednesday 26 October 2016

Man charged with bid to take delivery driver's car

Blanchardstown district court

Kenneth Dooley
Kenneth Dooley

A DUBLIN man has been charged with trying to seize a takeaway delivery car by pulling the driver out while he was parked.

Kenneth Dooley (30) was allegedly stopped in the attempt when a passenger who had been out of the car returned and intervened.

The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Dooley, with an address at Newtown Cottages, Malahide Road, Coolock, stands accused of the alleged offence at Hamptonwood Drive, St Margaret's on January 17, 2014.

The charge, contrary to Common Law, alleges that he unlawfully by force, threat or other form of intimidation attempted to commit an indictable offence by the seizure or exercise of the control of a vehicle.

Sgt Mary Doherty said a takeaway delivery driver had stopped his vehicle while making a delivery with a passenger.

The passenger got out of the car to check an address, while the driver stayed inside.

It was alleged that the accused approached the car, opened the driver's door and tried to pull the man out.

Seeing what was happening, the driver's friend returned and helped the alleged victim resist the attempt, Sgt Doherty said.

Questioned by Judge David Mc Hugh, Sgt Doherty said no injuries were suffered by anyone during the incident.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the District Court instead of sending the accused for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge ordered disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence.

He adjourned the case for four weeks with the consent of defence solicitor.

Mr Dooley, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, was remanded on continuing bail.

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