Man to be sentenced for role in incident in which garda expected to die
Trevor Robinson told driver to wipe fingerprints away before they fled scene
Garda told court that he feared for his life as he clung on to door of car being driven at speed.
A man who told a woman to clean a car of her fingerprints after she had just driven the vehicle while a garda was holding onto it will be sentenced in October.
Trevor Robinson (30) was in the car with Christina Joyce (33), when she accelerated away as Garda Thomas Gallagher was attempting to seize her vehicle.
At Joyce’s sentence hearing in July 2018, Garda Gallagher read from his victim impact statement in which he said he expected to die that day.
The garda said he felt he had to hold onto the door of the Volvo car to stop himself being pulled under the vehicle.
He told Judge Martin Nolan: “There was nothing I could do. If I let go (of the driver’s door) I would be dragged under the car. I had nowhere to go. I accepted at that stage I was dead. The speed we were going I thought there was no way I wouldn’t be killed.”
Garda Gallagher, who had been working as a garda for 14 years at that time, said he had then noticed that Joyce seemed to be driving her vehicle in the direction of a parked car across the road so he felt he had to let go of the door. He fell to the ground and skidded into the parked car.
Garda Gallagher said at that point, he was convinced that “everything below my knee was gone, that it was shattered. I consider myself extremely lucky that I am alive and able to walk.”
Garda Gallagher, who was taken to hospital by ambulance, dislocated his knee and had to remain in a brace for eight weeks. He also badly injured his shoulder and had been told he cannot return to playing sports for about two years.
Joyce, a mother of three of no fixed abode, was sent forward from the District Court to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on signed pleas of guilty. She admitted endangering Garda Gallagher and assaulting him causing him harm on April 9th, 2018.
Judge Martin Nolan jailed Joyce for four and half years in 2018 after commenting that Garda Gallagher had “no option but to grab the driver’s door to stop being run over”. He said Joyce was “intent on getting rid of him”.
On Tuesday, Judge Melanie Greally adjourned sentencing Robinson to October 13th next after commenting that a custodial sentence was unavoidable. She ordered a report from the Probation Service for that date to see what can be offered Robinson in terms of rehabilitation.
Sergeant Ronan Waldron told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that an eye witness, who later saw Joyce crash the Volvo into a rubbish truck, heard Robinson shout at Joyce “to wipe it down” as they were running away from the vehicle.
Robinson, of Cherry Orchard Parade, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assisting an offender after an offence and two charges of burglary on April 9th, 2018.
He has a number of previous convictions both in Ireland and the UK but his Irish convictions are mostly for minor offences.
The court heard that Joyce and Robinson broke into the home of a 77-year-old woman after Joyce crashed into the bin truck, having driven away from the earlier incident.
The pair had broken into the house in a bid to escape gardaí and Robinson had to kick down the woman’s back door so that they continue to get away. They broke into a second nearby apartment where gardaí found them and arrested them.
There was €1,622 worth of damage caused to the wall of a building Joyce had earlier crashed into and €1,200 worth of damage was caused to a parked car she and Robinson had jumped on top of to scale a wall.