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Saturday 16 December 2017

Accused must not use any taxis until seizure case ends

Dominic Bennett is charged with unlawful seizure of a taxi
Dominic Bennett is charged with unlawful seizure of a taxi

A man accused of trying to seize a taxi by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling the handbrake has been sent for trial.

Dominic Bennett (28) has been ordered not to use any taxis for the duration of the court case.

The accused, of Killala Road, Cabra, was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Bennett is charged with the unlawful seizure of a vehicle.

The incident allegedly took place at Tolka Valley Road in Lucan last February 26.

It is alleged that Mr Bennett, by the threat of force, interfered with the control of a grey Audi 4 by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling the handbrake.

He is further charged with the robbery of €100 cash as well as an MP3 player and a Samsung mobile phone.

Obstructing

He is also accused of resisting and wilfully obstructing Gda David Reardon at the same time and place.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Bennett the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh also ordered a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

The court heard that Mr Bennett is on High Court bail.

As part of his bail conditions, he must reside at an agreed address, carry a mobile phone and be contactable by gardai at all times.

He has also been ordered not to use any taxis for the duration of the case.

Mr Bennett has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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