Sunday 26 January 2020

Taxi man denies biting top of man's thumb off

Taxi driver Lookman Kareem. Photo: Collins Courts
Taxi driver Lookman Kareem. Photo: Collins Courts

Isabel Hayes

A taxi driver allegedly bit off part of a man's thumb after passengers started laughing about his name, a trial heard.

Lookman Kareem of Glenvara Park, Knocklyon, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Darren O'Connor and assaulting Noelle Donohue at Rathmines on December 22, 2013.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mr O'Connor and his girlfriend Ms Donohue caught a taxi to Rathmines with two of her sisters, Stacey and Helena Donohue.

Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, said that Stacey Donohue started giggling when she noticed Mr Kareem's first name.

"Look man" is a catchphrase of Stacey Donohue's, she said.

Mr Kareem allegedly became verbally abusive, saying "Shut the f*** up, shut the f*** up, you Irish", the court heard.

Mr Kareem allegedly hit Noelle Donohue twice, before Mr O'Connor came to her aid, .

Mr O'Connor claims he felt "excruciating pain" in his hand.

"The top of my thumb was gone. I couldn't believe the pain. I was looking for a piece of my thumb on the ground."

Defence barrister Conor McKenna BL alleged Mr Kareem was dragged out of the car and assaulted. Mr O'Connor denied these allegations.

The trial continues before Judge Patricia Ryan and a jury.

Irish Independent

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