Saturday 18 November 2017

Bus passenger 'swung meat cleaver at driver' for not stopping

Andrew Phelan

A BUS passenger swung a meat cleaver at the driver when he refused to let him off at an undesignated stop in Dublin Airport, it has been alleged.

Robert Fogarty (44) is accused of taking out the knife and swinging it while he was on the bus as it drove through the airport yesterday (Monday).

Judge Cormac Dunne granted him bail at Dublin District Court and adjourned the case for a statement by the driver to be made available.

Fogarty, with an address at Cardy Rock Court is charged with possession of a meat cleaver as a weapon. The charge is under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act and the incident is alleged to have happened at Atrium Road, Dublin Airport on January 27 last.

A garda sergeant told the court it was alleged the defendant was very drunk and abusive after getting on the No 102 Dublin Bus at 10.20pm. He asked the driver to stop the bus "at a non-stop" and when he would not, Mr Fogarty allegedly produced the meat cleaver from a back pack he was carrying and swung it at the driver, who was behind protective glass.

Judge Dunne said it would be premature of him to decide on the issue of jurisdiction yet - to determine whether the case remains at District Court level or is sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He said he first wanted to a statement by the driver to find out the "minutiae"of the case rather than relying on the summary that had been provided.

Defence Solicitor John Feaheny said he wanted to know if any CCTV footage was available.

Judge Dunne grated bail in the defendant's own bond of €300, on condition that he signs on daily at his local garda station.

He also granted legal aid after Mr Feaheny said his client was unemployed. He adjourned the case to March 4, for further consideration of the issue of jurisdiction.

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