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Teen jailed for trying to run over man after row

A TEENAGER who tried to run over a man he had a grievance with has been given a three-year sentence.

Christopher O'Neill (18) of Larkhill Road, Whitehall, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment and dangerous driving at Swords Road, Santry on August 1, 2012.

He has seven previous convictions and was 17 at the time of the offence. Judge Martin Nolan said O'Neill had driven at the injured party in "a fit of maliciousness" and if it were not for a pole and railings, he may have actually struck the man.

He said that whatever O'Neill's "grievance or imagined grievance", the man did not deserve that.

He imposed three years detention but suspended the final two years due to O'Neill's young age.

Garda John Pirolla told Maire Torrens, prosecuting, that he was aware a silver BMW jeep had been involved in an incident and then driven the wrong way down a one-way street.

He later observed the jeep parked askew on the footpath outside a house on Larkhill Road and noted quite an amount of damage had been done to the vehicle.

Garda Pirolla spoke to O'Neill and O'Neill told him that neither he nor anyone else had been using the jeep. He later spoke to a colleague who informed him that a young man had reported that O'Neill had assaulted him and tried to run him over in the jeep.

The man reported that just after 7am he was walking on the footpath when O'Neill got out of his jeep and swung at him, hitting him on the left cheek. The injured party swung back at O'Neill. O'Neill got back into the jeep, and drove up on the footpath to run into the man but a pole was in the way.

The man ran away and O'Neill swerved and accelerated to try get at the victim but instead hit railings.

Garda Pirolla said there had been a row between a group of people the previous month and that was what the incident arose from.

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