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Saturday 30 August 2014

Brother of convicted murderers to be sentenced for high speed garda chase

By Conor Gallagher

Published 11/07/2014 | 13:48

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Leonard Dumbrell

A YOUNGER brother of convicted murderers Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell will be sentenced later for a high speed city centre chase in which pedestrians were nearly knocked over on O’Connell Bridge.

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Leonard Dumbrell (26) stole A car in Ballsbridge and drove it at speed and up wrong way streets before crashing it at Temple Bar Square, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard earlier today.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring remanded him in custody until sentencing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on October 15, 2014.

Dumbrell of The Park, Clonathan Village, Gorey but originally from Inchicore in Dublin 8 pleaded guilty to car theft in Dublin 4 and two counts of dangerous driving in Dublin city centre on January 2, 2013.

He has 108 previous convictions including car thefts, assaulting a garda and violent disorder. The court heard he comes from a family who are well-known to gardaí.

Two of his brothers – Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell – are in prison for murdering a father of six in front of his wife and children outside his home.

Warren (40) and Jeffrey (34) were jailed for life in February 2011, after being convicted of the murder of Christopher Cawley at Tyrone Place flats in Inchicore, Dublin.

Earlier today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Detective Garda David Wogan told prosecuting counsel Lorcan Staines BL that Terrence Horan had left his Renault Clio running as he talked to someone on the street in Pembroke Park. When Mr Horan turned around he saw his car speeding down the street.

Gardaí spotted Dumbrell driving it shortly afterwards. The gardaí in the patrol car put on its lights and sirens and chased the Clio though heavy traffic.

The chase went down Pearse Street before Dumbrell swerved across two lanes of traffic on O’Connell Bridge, nearly hitting several pedestrians on the central meridian.

The car then went up a lane near Temple Bar. A garda car blocked the end of the lane to stop Dumbrell driving into the busy pedestrian area and this caused him to skid and crash into a wall at the corner of Temple Bar Square.

He then got out of the car and fled but was caught after a short foot-chase.

Defence counsel John Berry BL said his client, who has a young child, is a heroin addict and wants to be remanded in custody so he can start to deal with his addiction.

Counsel said he accepts Dumbrell has “a terrible record” but told Judge Ring that he will have to be let back out into society some day and a plan must be put in place for his rehabilitation.

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