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Passenger on trial over bus glass smash

THIS is the young woman accused of throwing an object at a moving Dublin Bus, shattering the glass in the front window and spraying the bus driver with glass particles.

Joanna Brannock (25) is alleged to have caused €1,000 worth of damage to the bus.

She is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge ruled that the matter was too serious for the District Court.

Brannock, with addresses at Silloge Road and Crannoge Close, both in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with criminal damage and endangering traffic, contrary to Section 14 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The alleged incident took place at Shangan Road in Ballymun on February 3.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that Brannock was a passenger on a 13A Dublin Bus heading northwards when she began pulling at the doors so she could get off on Shangan Road.

Sgt Callaghan said Brannock started shouting at the bus driver, who stopped the bus and let her off.

The court heard the driver turned the bus at the top of Shangan Road, and as he was making his way back down the road, Brannock threw an object at the front windscreen, smashing it, and causing €1,000 worth of damage.


Sgt Callaghan said the broken glass hit the bus driver who was left covered in dust and particles of glass. The court heard the bus was moving at the time.

Judge William Early refused jurisdiction, saying he did not believe the allegation was a summary offence.

The case was adjourned for nine weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

Judge Early assigned Philip Hannon on free legal aid.