New delay to taxi driver assault case
A TAXI driver and part-time bouncer accused of violently beating up a man in front of shoppers has had the case against him adjourned.
Derek McLoughlin (46) was allegedly part of a gang of up to six men who repeatedly punched and kicked the man while he lay on the ground at Ballymun Town Centre.
The accused, of Ardgillan Lawn in Balbriggan, is charged with violent disorder at Ballymun Town Centre on July 16. He is also charged with two counts of criminal damage and assaulting a garda, all at Ballymun Garda Station on July 29.
The case against him was adjourned until March after his lawyers sought full disclosure of documents from the prosecution at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. As part of his original bail conditions, McLoughlin is to stay out of the Ballymun area.
Before the case was sent forward for trial, a judge refused to relax conditions to allow the defendant to visit his elderly, and often ill, parents.
Gardai had objected to this, saying the defendant had no financial incentive to be in Ballymun, and had brothers living close to his parents.
Judge Conal Gibbons refused to amend the bail conditions, saying the defendant's parents could travel to meet him.
The judge also granted McLoughlin free legal aid, despite objections by the State. Gardai had objected saying the accused had €510 cash when he was arrested and was paying a mortgage on his house.
He also said McLoughlin owned a taxi plate, which he could rent out.
In his evidence, McLoughlin, a married man with two children in their teens, said he was "broke now at the moment".
He denied he had "substantial cash reserves" to meet his legal bill.