Saturday 17 August 2019

Garda dragged by car 'lucky' to escape serious injury, court told

Federico Carvalho
Federico Carvalho
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A driver dragged a garda along a road for 200 metres hanging from his car window after the officer tried to stop the vehicle, it is alleged.

It is also claimed the garda was repeatedly punched in the head during the incident.

In court, Gda Conor Murray was described as being "lucky" to have only suffered minor injuries during his ordeal.

Two men appeared before Dublin District Court on charges relating to the incident, which is alleged to have happened in the south inner city on Wednesday. Jonathan Coelho (28), the alleged driver of the car, was refused bail.

His co-accused and alleged passenger Federico Carvalho (29) was remanded in custody with consent to bail, with both cases adjourned for a week.

Mr Coelho, of Duleek, Co Meath, is charged with recklessly endangering Garda Murray in the incident.

Mr Carvalho, of South Circular Road, is accused of assaulting Gda Murray, causing him harm.

At Dublin District Court, Garda Wayne Carey told Judge Treasa Kelly gardaí were conducting an investigation at 11.30pm on July 31.

It is alleged Mr Coelho was seen on CCTV getting into his Chevrolet car and driving along Cuffe Street.

His co-accused was in the front passenger seat.

When gardaí indicated for it to stop, the Chevrolet drove at speed through a junction and performed a dangerous turn.

It is claimed that the Chevrolet continued to drive at speed up Kevin Street Lower, on the wrong side of the road against oncoming traffic. It then crashed.

Gda Murray approached and as he tried to gain entry to the car, it is alleged, it reversed away at speed and the garda was dragged through the window and assaulted, while his legs were hanging out.

He was dragged in this position for 200m before being kicked from the vehicle.

It is alleged that while he was being dragged along, the garda was punched to the head and body.

He was taken to hospital and treated for cuts and bruises.

Irish Independent

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