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'Reckless' Meath man faces trial for 'driving off with man on bonnet of van' after 'punching woman'

It was alleged the accused drove at the man, forced him on to the bonnet and drove for 200 yards.

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Peter Lynch of Northlands, Eastham, Bettystown, Co Meath, is charged with endangerment, producing a weapon in a dispute, assault and threatening to cause criminal damage.

Peter Lynch of Northlands, Eastham, Bettystown, Co Meath, is charged with endangerment, producing a weapon in a dispute, assault and threatening to cause criminal damage.

Peter Lynch of Northlands, Eastham, Bettystown, Co Meath, is charged with endangerment, producing a weapon in a dispute, assault and threatening to cause criminal damage.

A MAN is accused of driving off with a man on the bonnet of his van after punching a woman in the face and brandishing a flick knife in a row.

Peter Lynch (50) is alleged to have recklessly endangered the man as he drove away from the scene.

Judge Bryan Smyth ruled the case too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court and adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Lynch, of Northlands, Eastham, Bettystown, Co Meath, is charged with endangerment, producing a weapon in the course of a dispute, assaulting a man and a woman, and threatening to cause criminal damage, all at Roseglen Avenue, Kilbarrack, on October 28 last year.

The DPP consented to summary disposal of the case in the district court, subject to the judge considering whether to accept jurisdiction.

Garda Sergeant Tony Flanagan said it was alleged the accused had been driving by when he stopped his van and started shouting at two people.

The alleged victims came out of their houses and Mr Lynch spat at one of them.

It escalated and the accused then allegedly punched one of them, the court heard.

It was alleged a flick knife was produced and he lunged at the man with the knife.

The accused got back into his van and a man exited his house to take the registration, Sgt Flanagan said.

It was alleged the accused drove at the man, forced him on to the bonnet and drove for 200 yards.

The man managed to get himself away from the bonnet of the vehicle and was not injured, the court heard.

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It was also alleged Mr Lynch threatened to burn out the victims' houses and a vehicle that was parked there.

The court was previously told there had been an argument between a member of the accused's family and a neighbour.

Judge Smyth refused jurisdiction and remanded Mr Lynch on continuing bail to a date in September,

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