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Friday 9 December 2016

Taxi driver denies biting passenger's thumb

Taxi driver Lookman Kareem (47) of Glenvarra Park, Knocklyon leaving court yesterday where he was remanded on bail on charges of assaulting Noelle Donohue and Darren O'Connor at Richmond Hill in December, 2013. Photo: Courtpix
Taxi driver Lookman Kareem (47) of Glenvarra Park, Knocklyon leaving court yesterday where he was remanded on bail on charges of assaulting Noelle Donohue and Darren O'Connor at Richmond Hill in December, 2013. Photo: Courtpix
Darren O'Connor leaving court yesterday where taxi driver Lookman Kareem appeared on charges of assaulting him at Richmond Hill in December, 2013. Photo: Courtpix

A DUBLIN taxi driver is facing trial accused of biting off the top of a passenger's thumb.

Lookman Kareem (47), of Glenvarra Park, Knocklyon, denies assaulting Noelle Donohue at Richmond Hill, Rathmines, on December 22, 2013 and assault causing harm to her partner Darren O'Connor.

Dublin District Court heard that a row a broke out when one of Mr Kareem's passengers began giggling about his name.

Judge Bryan Smyth refused jurisdiction, meaning the case will be dealt with in the circuit court. Mr Kareem has pleaded not guilty.

Mr O'Connor told the district court he was socialising with Ms Donohue and two of her sisters. They asked the driver to take them to a bar in Rathmines which is run by Mr O'Connor's brother.

Mr O'Connor said that when Ms Donohue's sister Stacey noticed the driver's name she began laughing.

When he pulled in at the Rathmines Inn, Ms Donohue tried to take a picture of the driver's card with his taxi number on it, Mr O'Connor alleged.

He said the driver tried to get his card back and swung at her and hit her twice. Mr O'Connor said he tried to stop it, there was a scuffle and he felt an "excruciating pain" and "the top of my finger was off the top of my thumb".

Defence solicitor Chris Horrigan said there may be another explanation and not necessarily a bite.

State solicitor Michael Durkan was granted an adjournment until June 29.

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