Boy (17) sent to trial over taxi hijackings
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy is to stand trial for hijacking two taxis in the space of an hour.
The youth appeared at the Children's Court yesterday, where he faced two counts of unlawful seizures of cars and robbery of two taxi drivers, which are alleged to have occurred in the early hours of February 2 in west Dublin.
One taxi driver managed to flee after he was told to get into the boot of his own car, Judge Alan Mitchell heard.
He ruled that it was not a minor offence and the case should be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.
The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother and lawyer, has been remanded in custody and will face his next hearing in four weeks.
Garda David Cronin told Judge Mitchell that the first incident happened at 3.30am when a taxi driver picked up the then 16-year-old and another male on the Fonthill Road.
The driver was directed to a location in Clondalkin where the boy's accomplice allegedly got out and opened the driver's door. It was claimed the accomplice took the car keys and "demanded money".
The driver was ordered out and it was alleged the teen told him "get into the boot" but the man managed to escape. The court also heard it was claimed that €100 was taken.
Gda Cronin said that at 4.30am another robbery took place when the teen and his alleged accomplice flagged down another taxi. They asked the driver to bring them to Clondalkin and it was alleged the accomplice then opened the driver's door and "grabbed the injured party by the throat" and told him he had a knife.
It is alleged that €100 was taken and the teenager and his accomplice then stole the car which was then crashed.