Sunday 25 February 2018

Youth with 99 convictions gets four years for violent robbery of taximan

Declan Brennan

A YOUNG man with 99 previous convictions who was involved in the violent robbery of a taxi driver has been jailed for four years.

Daniel Delaney, (19) of Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of a mobile phone, wallet and cash at Lisburn Street in the south inner city on October 13, 2011.

Garda Maria Harmon told Karen O’Connor BL, prosecuting, that on that night taxi driver Balbir Singh had picked up Delaney and two other men in the city centre.

At the end of the journey Delaney reached across the driver to take the car keys from the ignition.

The victim managed to press the panic button on his taxi radio and tell his radio base that he was in trouble.

Gda Harmon said that Delaney was holding the driver tight into his seat by the seat belt while another passenger got out and went to the driver’s side window.

This man, who is also before the courts on this matter, punched the victim. The third man told the others to stop and then left the scene.

Mr Singh managed to get out of the car and Delaney drove off in the stolen taxi. The pair were later arrested near Clontarf.

Delaney told gardai later: “I’m very sorry. My drink was spiked. It was an awful act.”

Delaney has 99 previous convictions including for drug dealing, blackmail, extortion, assault and burglary. He was on bail when he carried out this robbery.

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said his client was a former mechanic who had held down a number of other jobs.

Judge Martin Nolan had adjourned the case earlier this month to allow for a victim impact report to be handed into court, but had indicated at that hearing that he would impose a four-year jail term.

The report was handed into court today and Judge Nolan jailed Delaney for four years.

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