Wednesday 21 August 2019

Young man and teen charged in connection with violent taxi robbery

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Andrew Phelan and Tom Tuite

A young man and a 17-year-old boy have appeared in court charged in connection with a taxi robbery in Dublin.

The two were remanded in custody after being charged with assaulting and robbing a taxi driver (59), who suffered serious head and facial injuries.

The teenager and Peter Collins (25) are both charged with assaulting and robbing the man of €50 at Rutland Grove, Crumlin.

Objecting to bail in the boy's case, Gda Gary Cleary told Dublin Children's Court it was alleged the taxi collected two males and two females and when it stopped, a teenager in the front passenger seat "punched the driver a number of times". Another passenger used a suspected phone charger cable and attempted to strangle the driver, the garda said.

He was punched repeatedly, "dragged" out of the car and assaulted on the ground, the court heard.

Judge Brendan Toale refused bail and remanded the youth in custody. Later, Peter Collins, of Collinstown Crescent, Clondalkin, appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court.

Garda Alice Neville said Mr Collins made no reply to the charge.

Gardaí were also objecting to bail in Mr Collins's case, the garda said.

The accused man's solicitor Amanda Connolly said no bail application was being made at this time.

Judge Smyth remanded Mr Collins in custody.

Both will appear in court again next week.

Two females were released from Garda custody and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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