Woman sent for trial charged with endangering garda's life

Denise Reilly (38) allegedly drove a car at the garda

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin woman has been sent for trial accused of recklessly endangering the life of a garda by driving a car at him after dragging him along a street.

Denise Reilly (38) had a book of evidence served on her at Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh sent her forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ms Reilly, of Liffey Crescent, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, is charged with reckless endangerment of a garda by causing him to be dragged along the road, knowing his arm to be trapped in the car window.

The charge alleges that furthermore, upon release of the garda from the car, she swerved it at him, "striking him with the vehicle".

The offence is alleged to have happened in Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, last April 8.


After hearing a book of evidence had been served, Judge McHugh gave Ms Reilly the formal warning that she must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

He sent her for trial to the next sittings of the circuit court, on a date in November.

Defence solicitor Kate McGhee applied for legal aid. The court heard gardai had initially objected, saying the car the accused was driving was a 161-registered Mercedes worth €24,000. She had also registered a €28,000 171 VW Golf in her name.

However, she was separated from her husband, was not working and on carer's allowance in relation to a disabled child.

The judge said he was satisfied to grant legal aid based on the accused's present financial means.

Other non-indictable charges were adjourned for six months.

Ms Reilly, who has not yet indicated how she intends to plead, was remanded on bail under existing terms.