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Guilty plea Man who assisted accomplice after she sped away with garda hanging off car is jailed

Trevor Robinson (31) was in the car with Christina Joyce (33), when she accelerated away as Garda Thomas Gallagher was attempting to seize her vehicle

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A Volvo jeep on Waterloo Road following the incident. Picture: Damien Eagers

A Volvo jeep on Waterloo Road following the incident. Picture: Damien Eagers

A Volvo jeep on Waterloo Road following the incident. Picture: Damien Eagers

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 has been jailed.

Trevor Robinson (31) 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, Gda 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.”

Gda Gallagher, who had been working as a garda for 14 years at that time, said he 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.

Gda 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.”

Gda 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.

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Christina Joyce. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Christina Joyce. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Christina Joyce. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

 

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 Gda Gallagher and assaulting him causing him harm on April 9, 2018.

Judge Martin Nolan jailed Joyce for four and half years in 2018 after commenting that Gda 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”.

Robinson of Cherry Orchard Parade, Ballyfermot pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assisting an offender after an offence, criminal damage and two charges of burglary on April 9, 2018.

He has a number of previous convictions both in Ireland and the UK but his Irish convictions are mostly for minor offences.

On Wednesday Judge Melanie Greally said it was clear that Robinson committed the burglaries “in a frantic attempt to evade apprehension” from pursuing gardaí and accepted he would not have broken into the houses otherwise.

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She acknowledged that he had a supportive partner and had engaged with the Probation Service who recommended a period of supervision to assist Robinson in dealing with his drug addiction.

Judge Greally sentenced Robinson to a cumulative term of three years in prison and suspended the final 12 months in full on strict conditions including that he engage with the Probation Service for 12 months upon his ultimate release from custody.

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.

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.

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