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Thursday 22 August 2019

Boy and young man remanded in custody accused of 'punching and choking taxi driver for €50'

The taxi driver was attacked in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, shortly after midnight on Monday
The taxi driver was attacked in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, shortly after midnight on Monday

A young man and a 17-year-old boy have appeared in court charged over a taxi hijacking in Dublin.

The pair were remanded in custody after being charged with assaulting and robbing the taxi driver (59), who suffered serious head and facial injuries in the incident shortly after midnight on Monday.

The teenage boy, who cannot be named, and Peter Collins (25) are both charged with assault causing harm and robbing the man of €50 cash in Rutland Grove, Crumlin.

Dublin Children's Court heard that the boy made no reply when the charges were put to him.

Citing the seriousness of the charges, Garda Gary Cleary objected to bail in the teenager's case.

Assault

He told Judge Brendan Toale that the case involved an alleged hijacking and a serious assault.

He alleged that the taxi collected two males and two females and drove them to Rutland Grove.

It stopped and the teenage defendant, who was in the front passenger seat, "punched the driver a number of times", he alleged.

Another passenger used a suspected phone charger cable and attempted to strangle the driver, the garda said.

He was punched repeatedly and "dragged" out of the car and assaulted as he was on the ground, the court heard.

Gda Cleary said the driver was bleeding heavily and an ambulance brought him to hospital, where he remained yesterday.

Footage of the incident was captured on an internal camera in the car, Judge Toale heard.

Gda Cleary agreed with defence counsel Alison Fynes that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were not yet available.

The Children's Court could still consider accepting jurisdiction even if the DPP had directed a trial in the Circuit Court, which can impose lengthier sentences.

Pleading for bail, counsel said the teen would abide by a strict curfew and heightened signing-on conditions.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by a social worker, did not address the court.

Judge Toale refused to grant bail and remanded the youth in custody to appear again next week.

He noted that the defence had requested the DPP to expedite issuing directions because the youth was approaching his 18th birthday when he would become an adult. Legal aid was granted.

Later Mr Collins, of Collinstown Crescent, Clondalkin, appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court.

Garda Alice Neville said she arrested Mr Collins for the purpose of charge on Monday evening and he made no reply after caution at 6.32pm.

Gardai were also objecting to bail in Mr Collins' case, the officer said.

Defence solicitor Amanda Connolly said no bail application was being made at this time.

Judge Smyth remanded the accused in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on May 14. He assigned free legal aid after an application was made by Ms Connolly.

Mr Collins, who was dressed in a grey tracksuit, was not required to speak during the brief hearing.

Neither accused has indicated how they intend to plead to the charges.

Two females were released from garda custody and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

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