Saturday 24 February 2018

Two men charged after hijacking taxi they 'needed for a job' and hitting 10 garda cars

Daniel Barry
Daniel Barry

Andrew Phelan

TWO Dublin men have been charged over the knifepoint hijacking of a taxi that was then taken on a driving rampage, ramming 10 garda cars and seriously injuring two officers.

It is alleged Daniel Barry (26) stopped the cab, telling the driver he was sick, before he and co-accused Anthony Ward (39) seized the car.

Dublin District Court heard the cabbie was told the pair "needed the car for a job" before he was forced out.

One garda injured in the subsequent pursuit was hospitalised and needed surgery.

Judge Alan Mitchell refused both men bail and remanded them in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Barry is only charged in connection with the hijacking, which is alleged to have happened at Ballyboggan Road, Cabra, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Mr Ward faces that charge as well as five more offences alleged to have taken place before the car was stopped at Mellowes Crescent, Finglas.

Mr Ward is charged with reckless endangerment, assault causing harm to the taxi driver, producing a knife as a weapon, and two counts of dangerous driving. Gardai objected to bail, saying they believed the defendants were flight risks.

Detective Garda Ciara O'Sullivan said the taxi driver received medical attention and could not come to court.

Det Gda O'Sullivan said she was not satisfied with the address Mr Barry gave, at Aylward Green in Finglas. Defence solicitor Tony Collier said this was Mr Barry's girlfriend's address and he was welcome there.

RAMMING

Detective Garda Eoin Twomey said it was alleged Mr Ward also hijacked the taxi and "various ramming incidents" ensued, involving 10 garda vehicles.

He added Mr Ward was allegedly caught red-handed in the hijacked vehicle.

He was also not satisfied with Mr Ward's address - Castlecurragh Park, Mulhuddart.

Det Gda Twomey agreed with defence solicitor Paula Egan that Mr Ward owned that house, his partner lived there and he was welcome there.

Mr Ward, a father-of-two, had been manager of a recycling plant but lost his job. Mr Barry was also unemployed.

Herald

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