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Man facing trial for allegedly punching, kicking taxi driver

Glen Murphy is accused of assault in soilage charge row
Glen Murphy is accused of assault in soilage charge row

A Dublin man is facing trial accused of attacking a taxi driver and breaking his wrist in a roadside dispute over a soilage fee after a woman was sick in the cab.

Glen Murphy (30) allegedly punched and kicked the driver, leaving him in need of surgery.

Judge Bryan Smyth ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court and adjourned it for the prep- aration of a book of evidence.

Mr Murphy, of Casement Close, Finglas, is charged with assault causing harm at Hardwicke Place, Dublin 1, on May 14, 2017.

It was alleged the taxi driver picked up Mr Murphy and a woman on Dorset Street at 7.56am.

They first went to Finglas, but there was no answer at houses there and the driver took them back to Hardwicke Place. On arriving, the woman vomited in the cab, a garda said.

Falling

The driver picked up the phone the woman left on the seat and said he would return it when the soilage charge was paid.

It was alleged the accused ran at the driver, punching him two or three times to the side of the face and kicking him on the right arm.

This resulted in the driver falling, and a medical report could not say whether the wrist fracture was a result of the kick or the fall.

The driver dropped the phone and Mr Murphy picked it up and threatened him, it was alleged.

The driver suffered a displaced fracture to the scaphoid bone in the wrist, and also had cuts and bruises, the court heard. He was out of work for six months.

The judge refused jurisdiction to deal with the case.

The accused will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

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