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Reckless Dublin man accused of driving on footpath and into oncoming traffic during road rampage

John Mangan (53) of Larkhill Road, Whitehall in north Dublin was remanded in custody after making no bail application


John Mangan

John Mangan

John Mangan

A Dublin man has been accused of recklessly endangering the public and multiple counts of dangerous driving in a road rampage in the west of the city.

John Mangan (53) allegedly drove onto a footpath and into oncoming traffic in the incident.

He was remanded in custody after making no bail application at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Mangan is facing trial on the charges and the case was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The incident is alleged to have happened on November 9 last year.

Mr Mangan is charged with intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

According to the charge, he allegedly drove a vehicle on a pedestrian footpath and then into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road, forcing traffic to take evasive action.

This offence is alleged to have happened at Chapel Hill, Lucan, Co Dublin.

The accused, of Larkhill Road, Whitehall in north Dublin is further charged with eight counts of dangerous driving - at locations at the Outer Ring Road, Ballyowen Road, Castle Road, St Cuthbert's Road, New Nangor Road, Parkwest Avenue, Laraghcon Road and Parslickstown Road, all in west Dublin.

Mr Mangan is also charged with uninsured and unlicenced driving and possession of a stolen tax disc at Carpenterstown Road.

Garda Gary Farrell told Judge David McHugh he charged the accused today and Mr Mangan made no reply to any of the 12 counts after caution.

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Judge McHugh asked what the garda attitude to bail was.

Gda Farrell said he had no objection to bail. The Director of Public Prosecutions directed that the case is to be tried on indictment at the circuit court, he said. Gda Farrell sought an adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLouighlin said the accused did not want to take up bail and wished to be remanded in custody.

Judge McHugh said as a result, he could not grant a longer adjournment as the accused could only initially be remanded in custody for a week.

He adjourned the case to Cloverhill District Court, on February 17, when the accused will appear by video link. Mr Mangan, wearing a grey tracksuit, was not required to address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet entered pleas to the charges, which are under the Road Traffic Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Theft and Fraud Offences Acts.

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