Monk's nephew leapt from car during chase
A NEPHEW of former crime boss The Monk jumped out of a moving stolen car during a chase by gardai, letting it plough into a resident's garden wall, a court heard.
Edward Hutch (36), who had already been banned from driving, swerved the car dangerously towards a patrol car, then leapt from it before it smashed into a wall.
Hutch admitted a string of dangerous driving charges that will put his record at over 200 convictions.
He had the case against him adjourned for a judge to consider whether to activate a one-year jail sentence that had been suspended at the time of the latest incidents.
Hutch, of Portland Row, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to dangerous driving, unauthorised use of a vehicle, driving without insurance and a series of shoplifting-related offences.
Sgt Mary Doherty said the dangerous driving incidents happened at Dunsink Road, Wellmount, Cardiffsbridge and Dunsink Drive and Park in Finglas on September 18, 2011.
The court heard the car had been stolen from Artane Castle Shopping Centre the previous day and Hutch failed to stop for gardai.
He drove straight through junctions without stopping in each area except Wellmount, where he swerved at the patrol.
When gardai attempted to stop him, he jumped out of the vehicle as it was moving and it collided with the wall of a house at Dunsink Drive.
Questioned by Judge Grainne Malone, Sgt Doherty said she was not aware if there were any children in the house at the time.
Charges of possession of a foil lined bag for use in the course of a theft related to incidents including one at TK Maxx, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on October 7, 2011 where he was seen by staff and apprehended after a short foot chase.
The court heard he already had 189 previous convictions, including one which resulted in a one-year sentence, suspended for two years, at Naas District Court on November 22, 2010.
Judge Malone adjourned the case for a week, to be considered by Judge Desmond Zaidan.