Man barred from using taxis ahead of court case

Dominic Bennet
Dominic Bennet

A YOUNG man accused of trying to seize a taxi by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling the handbrake is set to face trial.

Dominic Bennet (28) has been ordered not to use any taxis for the duration of the court case.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court on the charges. Judge David McHugh remanded the accused on continuing bail to a date in September for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Killala Road in Cabra, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the unlawful seizure of a vehicle. The incident allegedly took place at Tolka Valley Road, Finglas, on February 26 this year.

It is alleged that Mr Bennet, by the threat of force, interfered with the control of a grey Audi A4 by grabbing the steering wheel and pulling the handbrake.

Mr Bennet is further charged with the robbery of €100 cash, as well as an MP3 player and a mobile phone.

He is also accused of resisting and wilfully obstructing Garda David Reardon at the same time and place.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court, which has greater sentencing powers than the district court. A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was not yet ready.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said there was consent to an adjournment to a date in September.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Bennet must reside at an agreed address, carry a mobile phone and be contactable by gardai at all times. Mr Bennet has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.