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Man charged in connection to pregnant woman carjacking


Courts of Criminal Justice

Courts of Criminal Justice

Courts of Criminal Justice

A DUBLIN man charged in connection with an alleged car-jacking and assault on a heavily pregnant woman has been remanded in custody for two weeks.

Stephen Comey (27) is accused of robbing and assaulting the mother-to-be in an incident in the city centre on Monday.

The car was allegedly driven off while she was still inside and her husband was putting coins in a parking meter.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in custody for the directions of the DPP to be made available when he appeared in Cloverhill District Court today.

Mr Comey, with an address at Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 is charged with assault causing harm to Xiao Linh Zhoun (36) at Gardiner Lane on May 12. He is also accused of robbing her of a mobile phone worth €500 at Sean McDermott Street.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Theft and Fraud Acts.

It was the defendant’s second court appearance after he was charged yesterday, when Judge Anthony Halpin refused to grant bail following objections by gardai.

A garda sergeant told Judge Blake the directions of the DPP were still outstanding in the case.

Defence Solicitor Eleanor Leane said the accused was consenting to a two-week adjournment only.

Mr Comey, wearing a light grey tracksuit, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again on May 28.

The car was allegedly taken in an incident at 3pm on Monday, while the woman was a passenger. Passing gardai saw the vehicle and stopped it following a brief pursuit at Sean McDermott Street.

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The accused was arrested at the scene and detained at Store Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before being charged.

The alleged victim was taken to the Rotunda hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries to her face.

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