Tuesday 12 December 2017

Motorist accused of 'lashing other driver in the head with chain' in crash row

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Andrew Phelan

A motorist involved in a road crash lashed the other driver over the head with a metal chain after the man asked to exchange insurance details, it has been alleged.

David White (54) is accused of attacking the other man with a chain following the accident, leaving him with lacerations to his head.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr White, of Gleann na hEorna, Cookstown Way, Tallaght, is charged with assault causing harm to a man.

He is also charged with producing a chain while committing an assault in the course of a dispute.

The offences are alleged to have happened on the Leixlip Road, Lucan, on May 17, 2016.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the judge accepting jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said the alleged victim pulled his car over to the side of the road after being involved in an accident with a Mazda driven by the defendant.

It was alleged the man was driving behind the defendant's vehicle, when he crashed into it after it "braked suddenly".

The alleged victim wanted to exchange insurance details with Mr White, who "became aggressive" toward him, Sgt Callaghan saud.

A struggle ensued, during which Mr White allegedly produced a metal chain and struck the man across the head a number of times.

The victim suffered two lacerations which needed to be cleaned and glued in hospital.

It was further alleged that a woman was in the car with Mr White and that a wallet was taken from the other man's car.

Asked if there were any repercussions to the injuries, Sgt Callaghan said the medical report was not available.

A file was sent to the DPP, which had issued directions.

Judge McHugh said that, taking the "hard evidence", it appeared the two lacerations were "of a small nature."

He accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case and made an order for disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence.

He adjourned the case to a date next month. The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.


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