Thursday 22 February 2018

Taxi driver fights off gun attacker by speeding off and slamming on brakes

By Declan Brennan

A TERRIFIED taxi driver managed to fight off an attempted armed robbery by a passenger by accelerating his car and then slamming the brakes.

David Mannion (25) pointed an imitation pump action shotgun at Edward Kelly’s head and told him he would put a bullet in his head.

Mannion, who had a drug addiction problem at the time, told the driver to give him his money, telephone and keys.

Garda Graham Dillon told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that Mr Kelly was terrified because he thought the gun was real.

Mr Kelly also thought he heard the gun been cocked. He drove the car at speed and then slammed the brakes while moving his head to avoid being shot.

Mannion was knocked forward and Mr Kelly managed to kick the gun away. He grabbed the car keys and jumped out of the car. Mannion, who was bleeding at this stage, fell out of the taxi and ran off but was later arrested by gardai.

Mannion, of Huntstown Wood, Blanchardstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery on Ongar road on October 14, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan agreed that with Pieter LeVert BL, defending, that Mannion has taken great steps to rehabilitate himself since his arrest for this offence.

He imposed a sentence of 33 months but backdated it to October, 2011 as he has been in custody since then.

Mannion has 45 previous convictions and received a four year sentence in 2009 for robbery.

Mr LeVert said his client has dedicated his time in custody to his own rehabilitation and now has a real future.

Garda Dillon agreed that Mannion comes from an extremely respectable family and that he is now welcome back in the family home.

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