Teenager charged over alleged attack on taxi driver denied bail

Man (59) taken to St James’s Hospital on Monday after sustaining serious injuries

A court heard on Tuesday that the taxi driver received several blows during the alleged attack. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A court heard on Tuesday that the taxi driver received several blows during the alleged attack. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

 

A 17-year-old boy has been denied bail after he faced charges in connection with an alleged taxi hijacking in Dublin.

The taxi driver, a 59-year-old man, was taken to St James’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment to serious head and facial injuries sustained at approximately 1am on Monday at Rutland Grove, Crumlin.

A court heard on Tuesday that he received several blows, was dragged from his car and a phone cable was used in an attempt to strangle him.

The teenage boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was brought before Judge Brendan Toale at the Dublin Children’s Court.

The teenager made no reply when charged with assault causing harm to the driver and robbing him of €50, the court heard.

Citing the seriousness of the charges, Garda Gary Cleary objected to bail.

He told the judge the case involved an alleged hijacking and a serious assault.

He alleged the taxi collected two males and two females and drove them Rutland Grove.

It stopped and a teenage defendant in the front passenger seat, “punched the driver a number of times”.

Another passenger used a suspected phone charger cable and attempted to strangle the driver, the garda said.

He was punched repeatedly and “dragged” out of the car and assaulted as he was on the ground, the court heard.

The garda said the driver was bleeding heavily and an ambulance brought him to hospital where he remained on Tuesday.

Footage of the incident was captured on an internal camera in the car, the judge heard.

Garda Cleary agreed with defence counsel Alison Fynes that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were not yet available.

Pleading for bail, counsel said the teen would abide by a strict curfew and heightened signing-on conditions.

The boy, who was accompanied to court by a social worker, did not address the court.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The judge refused to grant bail and remanded the youth in custody to appear again next week.

Legal aid was granted.