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A YOUNG man attacked a driving instructor's car with a metal bar following a dispute over expired vouchers for lessons, it is alleged.

Craig Daly (19) is accused of chasing the man's car, throwing objects at it from a moving vehicle and getting out and striking it with a bar when they stopped in traffic on November 16, 2019.

He is facing trial after a judge ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at Blanchardstown District Court. Mr Daly, of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin, is charged with endangering traffic.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court.

She said it was alleged the accused got out of a vehicle and verbally abused the driver of the other vehicle at Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin.

The alleged victim drove down Fonthill Road toward Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

It was alleged the accused followed the other man and threw objects including a metal bar while he was driving and both vehicles were moving.

The alleged victim stopped in traffic and it was claimed the accused ran up the road and began striking the man's car with a metal bar.

Sgt Callaghan said the history to the case was that the alleged victim had a driving instructor's school and the incident arose following a dispute over driving lesson vouchers that the accused's mother had bought for him but which had expired.

It was alleged Mr Daly "took issue with this and this is why he carried out the offences", Sgt Callaghan said.

The court heard €1,000 worth of damage was caused to the car.

Judge John King said the allegation was that the accused chased the other man and it was not one incident but a sequence of events.

He refused jurisdiction, meaning the case will be sent forward for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

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He adjourned the case to October for further directions of the DPP and the preparation of a book of evidence.

Free legal aid was granted after defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said Mr Daly was in receipt of jobseekers' allowance.

The accused, who was not required to be in court, was remanded on continuing bail.

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