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Saturday 21 October 2017

Man charged with airport 'carjacking'

Petricia Lucaci who appeared before Dublin District Court
Petricia Lucaci who appeared before Dublin District Court

A ROMANIAN man has been charged with seriously assaulting a 65-year-old motorist, unlawfully taking his car and dangerously driving it away from Dublin Airport.

Petricia Lucaci (24), a landscape gardener, appeared in Dublin District Court on charges arising from an incident following which it is alleged that he, the car owner and a garda needed hospital treatment.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded him in custody for the directions of the DPP after hearing further more serious charges were being considered.

She also recommended appropriate medical attention for the accused.

Mr Lucaci (above), of no fixed address, is charged with assault causing harm to the man, unauthorised taking of his car at Dublin Airport and dangerous driving at the Ballymun Road on Tuesday.

Gda Garvan Lennon said he arrested the accused at the Naul Road at 4pm on Tuesday and brought him first to Beaumont Hospital, then to Ballymun Garda Station.

Mr Lucaci replied to the unauthorised taking charge: "Yes, that is true."

He said: "It's true" in response to the dangerous driving count and made no reply to the third charge.

The defendant's solicitor said he was not making an application for bail at this time.

Gda Lennon told Judge McNamara the DPP's directions were not available yet but there would be "further serious charges" arising from the incident.

ASSISTANCE

The judge recommended medical attention after hearing Mr Lucaci "might require some psychiatric assistance."

Legal aid was granted.

The accused, with a swollen and bruised left eye, limped as he entered and left the courtroom.

According to gardai, three people were treated in hospital - the car owner, the man who seized his vehicle and a garda.

Another man, who was allegedly knocked down, did not require hospital treatment.

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