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Sunday 25 August 2019

Pair in court after garda dragged in reversing car

Federico Carvalho is accused of assaulting a garda
Federico Carvalho is accused of assaulting a garda

A garda's life was endangered when he was transported for 200 metres while hanging out of a window of a reversing car and being repeatedly punched in the head, it is alleged.

Two men appeared in court on charges following the incident in Dublin's south city centre in which the garda was described as being "lucky" to have suffered only minor injuries.

Jonathan Coelho (28), the alleged driver of the car, was refused bail. His co-accused and alleged passenger, Federico Carvalho (29), was remanded in custody with consent to bail, with both cases adjourned for a week, pending the directions of the DPP.

Mr Coelho, of Duleek, Co Meath, is charged with recklessly endangering Garda Conor Murray in the incident on Wednesday.

Mr Carvalho (29), of South Circular Road, is accused of assaulting Gda Murray, causing him harm.

At Dublin District Court, Garda Wayne Carey told Judge Treasa Kelly he was objecting to bail in Mr Coelho's case.

He said when signalled to stop at Cuffe Street at 11.30pm on July 31, a Chevrolet driven by Mr Coelho sped off and performed a dangerous 360-degree turn, with other vehicles and pedestrians present.

It sped up Kevin Street on the wrong side of the road before performing a U-turn and crashing at St Luke's Avenue.

As Gda Murray tried to gain entry to the car, it was alleged it reversed away at speed and he was dragged through the window into the vehicle and assaulted, while his legs were hanging out.

He was transported in this position for 200 metres before being kicked from the vehicle.

The car hit a wall and it was alleged Mr Coelho fled.

Punched

Gda Carey pursued and apprehended him. He was cut and "covered in blood", the garda said.

It was alleged that while he was being transported, Gda Murray was repeatedly punched to the head and body.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Michael French said Mr Coelho, who had worked as a butcher in a slaughterhouse, was denying the charge.

When Mr French said the garda's injuries were relatively minor, Garda Fran Kennedy said "by the grace of God".

Mr Carvalho, who worked in a fishmongers, denied the charge.

Judge Kelly refused bail in Mr Coelho's case.

She granted Mr Carvalho bail with an independent surety of €750, of which €250 has to be lodged in cash.

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