Sunday 19 January 2020

Teen accused of endangering garda in crash is sent for trial

Sean O’Sullivan (19) is alleged to have injured a garda
Sean O’Sullivan (19) is alleged to have injured a garda

A teenager charged with reckless endangerment by crashing a car into a garda on a bike has been sent for trial.

Sean O'Sullivan (19) is accused of injuring the garda in a collision outside a shopping centre in west Dublin.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh sent him forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr O'Sullivan, of Ashwood Road, Clondalkin, is charged with assault causing harm to a garda at Deansrath Shopping Centre car park, in Clondalkin, on December 4 last year.

The accused is further charged with intentionally or recklessly driving a car at the garda, hitting his arm and his official pedal cycle.

This, the charge alleges, created a substantial risk of death or serious harm.


A State solicitor told Judge McHugh the DPP was consenting to the case being sent for trial on both charges to the present sittings of the circuit court.

Judge McHugh gave the accused the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days. The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with a copy of the accused's garda interview video.

Judge McHugh assigned free legal aid to cover a solicitor and one barrister in the circuit court.

Mr O'Sullivan was sent forward for trial on existing bail conditions.

He has not yet indicated to the court how he intends to plead to the charges and will appear in the circuit court on a date in December.

The charges against the accused are both under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

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