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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Taxi driver needed stitches in alleged carjacking attack

Judge David McHugh
Judge David McHugh

A PASSENGER accused of stabbing a taxi driver in the arm during an alleged car-jacking in west Dublin has been refused bail.

Mark Lavelle (31) allegedly left the 58-year-old male taxi driver needing five stitches to a wound on his arm.

Judge David McHugh refused bail and remanded Mr Lavelle in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The accused, with addresses at Basin Street, Dublin 8, and Bollingbrooke Drive in Swinford, Co Mayo, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and with seriously assaulting a taxi driver.

The alleged incident took place at Kennelsfort Road Upper in Palmerstown in the early hours of Saturday.

Detective Garda Padraig Jennings said that after he was charged, Mr Lavelle replied: "I didn't take a car, I bought a car that was stolen" and "it wasn't me, I told you the person who sold me the car".

Gda Jennings objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

The garda said it will be alleged that around 1am on Saturday, Mr Lavelle hailed a taxi at Victoria Quay in Dublin city centre and asked to be taken to the Superdome at Palmerstown Shopping Centre.

Gda Jennings said it will be alleged that when the taxi arrived in Palmerstown, Mr Lavelle grabbed the 58-year-old male taxi driver around the neck, threatened him with a knife and demanded cash.

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Gda Jennings further alleged the taxi driver was stabbed in the arm, and needed five stitches to the wound.

The court heard it will be claimed the taxi driver was forced from the vehicle and Mr Lavelle drove away.

Gda Jennings claimed that an off-duty garda saw the stolen vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner near Maynooth shortly before 8am on Saturday.

He said Mr Lavelle was later arrested and charged by gardai.

Defence solicitor Mairead White said Mr Lavelle was willing to abide by any bail conditions, including a sign on and curfew.

Ms White said Mr Lavelle is living in a flat at Dublin's Basin Street with two flatmates and travels back to Co Mayo every Thursday to collect his social welfare.

Judge McHugh refused bail and remanded Mr Lavelle in custody to appear before the court on Friday.

The judge also ordered that Mr Lavelle receive medical and psychiatric attention while in custody.

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