Wednesday 20 September 2017

Convicted killer jailed for the violent hi-jacking of a taxi

Declan Brennan

A young man who has a previous conviction for manslaughter has been jailed for the violent hijacking of a taxi.

In 2006 Kevin Walsh (24) was sentenced to eight years in St Patrick's Institution, with the final five years suspended, for killing a 20-year-old man in a drunken row.

Walsh of Allenton Green, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm of taxi driver Felician Medves and the hi-jack of a taxi at Allenton Drive, Tallaght on December 11, 2012. He also admitted driving without insurance.

A co-accused, Niall Healy (27) of Woodview, Lucan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Medves.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced Walsh to three and half years with the final two suspended to encourage him to continue to deal with his addiction problems.

She told Walsh: “If you come back with either the Probation Service or the gardaí you will be leaving with prison officers”.

Judge Ring commented: “This was a serious hi-jacking. A man going about his business in a vulnerable way, he abused the trust of any taxi driver that picks up a passenger at the time of day”.

Healy was granted bail to complete a residential drug treatment programme. His case was put in for mention on July 31 next to make sure he went to the centre.

Detective Garda David Jennings told Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, that Walsh and Healy

hailed down the taxi and asked Mr Medves to take them to a chipper.

At a point in the journey Walsh told the driver to stop the car and put both his arms around the driver's neck.  He hit the victim in the face and told him: “Give me the money, don't look into my face”.

Healy then got out of the car and pulled the victim out on the road, hit him to the head and neck and knocked him to the ground.

Walsh and Healy got into the car and Walsh drove the car off. Gardai in an unmarked patrol car that was passing recognised Walsh and stopped the car after it pulled a handbrake turn.

Det Gda Jennings said that the taxi driver thought he was going to be killed.

Walsh's 58 previous convictions include manslaughter, impeding the apprehension of another, robbery and handling stolen property. 

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