Friday 31 October 2014

Dublin man (26) who crashed hijacked car into another vehicle is sent back to jail

Published 03/07/2014 | 17:36

Ian Dunne had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, to hijacking a car, reckless endangerment, dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and failing to provide a blood sample on September 17, 2007.

A Dublin man who got a partially suspended sentence for crashing a hijacked car into another vehicle in a bid to take his own life has been sent back to jail.

Ian Dunne (26) with an address at Monksfield Heights, Clondalkin, received a six year sentence with the final two suspended in December 2008.

He had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, to hijacking a car, reckless endangerment, dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and failing to provide a blood sample on September 17, 2007.

Today Lorcan Staines BL, defending, explained to Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the suspended element of the six-year sentence would have expired in December 2015, but his client now has new matters in the District Court.

Counsel said Dunne was consenting to the full reactivation of the suspended two year element with credit given for time spent in custody on the new matters.

Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, told the judge that Dunne would have these new matters dealt with in the District Court tomorrow/today (FRI).

Garda Eamon Ryan told the court in 2008 that Dunne drank 34 units of alcohol in two hours before hijacking a motorist’s car at knifepoint, while she was stopped at traffic lights. 

Dunne failed to stop for gardai after an ambulance crew alerted them about his dangerous driving.

He turned off the vehicle’s lights and continued to weave in and out of lanes before crashing into a Toyota Corolla at Newlands Cross, Clondalkin.

Gardai found Dunne slumped in the car with no pulse. He started to breathe when he was dragged from the vehicle and was taken to hospital. He had no serious injuries.

The court heard a defence submission that Dunne had intended to take his own life that night. Judge Katherine Delahunt received numerous medical reports that indicated Dunne had suffered from depression and alcohol dependency.

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