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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Dad who 'reversed stolen taxi into garda' to face trial

A former recycling plant manager accused of endangering a garda when he intentionally reversed a taxi into him has been sent for trial. Stock photo: PA Archive
A former recycling plant manager accused of endangering a garda when he intentionally reversed a taxi into him has been sent for trial. Stock photo: PA Archive

A former recycling plant manager accused of endangering a garda when he intentionally reversed a taxi into him has been sent for trial.

Father-of-two Tony Ward (39) is also accused of the knifepoint hijacking of a taxi, which then rammed into numerous garda cars.

Mr Ward allegedly had a stolen garda jacket, garda cap and trousers and a hi-vis jacket when he was stopped.

The defendant, of Castlecurragh Park, Mulhuddart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with endangerment and with forcefully seizing a 131-registered Toyota Avensis.

It is alleged he intentionally crashed into a number of garda vehicles at Mellowes Crescent, Finglas, and also that he intentionally reversed into a garda officer, causing him serious injury.

He further faces more than 10 counts of dangerous driving at locations including Tolka Valley Road, Cappagh Road and Wellmount Road, all in Finglas, and at Ballycoolin Road, Blanchardstown.

Knife

The accused is also charged with seriously assaulting a man at Ballyboggan Road, Cabra, seriously assaulting a garda at Mellowes Crescent, Finglas, and possession of a wooden-handled flick knife.

He is charged with numerous counts of criminal damage to garda cars and with possession of a stolen garda jacket, cap, trousers and hi-vis jacket.

The incident allegedly took place on August 29 last year.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused.

Mr Ward goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal alibi caution.

He also assigned defence solicitor Simon Fleming, as well as a senior counsel and a junior counsel, on free legal aid after he noted the seriousness of the charges.

Mr Ward has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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