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Monday 19 November 2018

Man remanded in custody after car strikes pedestrians

Gardai at the scene of the incident on Coolmine Road which left Francis Dhala in a critical condition in hospital
Gardai at the scene of the incident on Coolmine Road which left Francis Dhala in a critical condition in hospital

A man has been remanded in custody after a car mounted a footpath and hit two pedestrians in west Dublin.

Paul Connolly (36) appeared yesterday before Dublin district court, where he was charged in relation to the incident.

He is facing two counts of dangerous driving causing ser-ious bodily harm to Francis Dhala and Michael Igoe on Coolmine Road on Tuesday morning.

Mr Connolly, of Cregg Court, Robertstown, Co Kildare, also faces a charge of failing to keep the vehicle at the scene of the incident.

The court also heard that he had two warrants outstanding at the time of his arrest, and when this was put to him he replied: "I was in custody at the time."

He was arrested at Blanch- ardstown Garda Station at 10.10am yesterday and charged at 3.30pm.

Feared

Objecting to bail, Gda Emma Gilmore cited the seriousness of the charges against him, as well as the maximum sentence of 10 years for dangerous driving if convicted.

Gda Gilmore also feared that Mr Connolly would commit further offences of dangerous driving if given bail.

Judge Alan Mitchell remanded the accused in custody. He is due to appear before Cloverhill district court next Tuesday morning.

Mr Dhala (19), from Tyrrels-town, was on his way to university when the incident happened.

He was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown by ambulance, and his family told the Herald that he is in a critical but stable condition.

"The doctors are draining the bleed on his brain and trying to reduce the pressure on his brain," Mr Dhala's father Egide said yesterday.

"Whether he has surgery or not depends on the situation. He also has a broken leg."

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