Man faces trial over 'stolen post van'
A MAN is facing trial accused of stealing a postman's van then driving it away in a dangerous manner.
Jonathan Wainyae (29) allegedly reversed away from the An Post worker after getting into his van and forced both a garda car and pedestrians at a crossing to get out of his way.
Judge Michael Walsh ruled that the alleged taking of the van was too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court and adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.
Mr Wainyae, of Sr Attracta Road, Cabra, is charged with unauthorised taking of the van at Boroimhe Oaks, Swords, last February 17.
He is also charged with two counts of dangerous driving.
The offences allegedly happened at a pedestrian crossing between St Samson's Court and Belmayne Avenue and at the junction of the Boroimhe Link Road and the R132.
He is further charged with the theft of an iPhone and criminal damage at Belmayne Road.
The court heard it was alleged that the postman was delivering a parcel at 7.15am.
He went to the door of the house and the accused allegedly got into his van.
The driver returned to the vehicle and tried to open the door, but the accused allegedly reversed away, failed to stop for the gardai and crashed the van.
Previously, the court heard it was alleged that both a garda car and pedestrians had to get out of his way as he drove recklessly.