Saturday 7 December 2019

Driver accused of endangering five lives in campervan

Bernard McDonagh, St Mary's Park in Finglas
Bernard McDonagh, St Mary's Park in Finglas
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man, accused of endangering the lives of five passengers by driving into the side of a campervan, has been sent forward for trial.

Bernard McDonagh (29) is alleged to have struck the side of a Fiat Ducato campervan while he was behind the wheel of a silver Nissan Almera.

It is alleged that there were five people in the campervan at the time.

He was served with a book of evidence when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr McDonagh is facing trial in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that matters were too serious for the district court.

The accused is charged with endangerment. The incident is alleged to have taken place at Blanchardstown Retail Park on September 2 last year.

It is alleged Mr McDonagh struck the side of a Fiat Ducato campervan.

It is also alleged that he caused a “substantial risk of death or of serious harm” to the five people who were in the van at the time.

The accused, with an address at St Mary’s Park, Dunsink Lane, in Finglas, is also charged with criminal damage to the campervan at Blanchardstown Retail Park on the same date.

He is also facing a second count of endangerment.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness.

The judge also assigned defence solicitor Simon Fleming and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh further ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr McDonagh has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the circuit court in two weeks.

A number of summary traffic offences were adjourned to November so they can be added to the indictment.

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