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Good Samaritan's car stolen at crash scene

A GOOD Samaritan who jumped out of his vehicle to help a motorcyclist who was seriously hurt following a crash with another motorist had his car stolen while he tended to the biker, a court heard.

Michael Gough (19) is alleged to have taken the man's car from the side of the road while the driver was helping the injured biker.

He is also alleged to have narrowly missed two emergency service workers as he fled the scene.

A judge refused jurisdiction, saying he was concerned at the nature of the allegation and did not believe it was a district court matter.

Gough, of Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with the unlawful possession of a vehicle.

The alleged incident took place on Cookstown Road, Tallaght on November 17, 2009.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the district court.

Outlining the facts, Sergeant Carmel Henry said that there had been a serious accident between a car and a motorbike on Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght shortly after 9pm on November 17 last.

Sgt Henry said the motorcyclist was badly injured in the accident and the alleged victim in this matter got out of his car, a 1999 Kildare- registered vehicle, to go and help the biker.

The sergeant alleged that Gough got into the car and drove away at speed from the accident scene, almost knocking down two Dublin Fire Brigade personal.

It's alleged that gardai later saw Gough driving the vehicle at speed down Cheeverstown Road, where vehicles had to move into the bus lane to avoid him.



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Sgt Henry claimed Gough drove through the Drumcairn estate, and onto Cookstown Road where he was eventually stopped and arrested.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said the DPP has directed the matter to stay in the district court.

However, Judge James McDonnell refused jurisdiction, saying he was concerned about the nature of the allegation.

The court heard that Gough is a voluntary youth worker, and teaches young children to play football.

Mr Hennessy was appointed on legal aid.

Judge McDonnell adjourned the matter for six weeks for the book of evidence.

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