Co Dublin taxi driver charged with trapping female passenger in car for 40 minutes


A taxi driver has appeared in court accused of falsely imprisoning a female passenger in his car for 40 minutes.

Ayed Hassan (30) collected a fare to bring a female passenger from Adamstown to Lucan but instead it is alleged he drove her to another estate and parked the car.

It is alleged that the woman repeatedly asked Mr. Hassan to drive her home.

Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of all statements and adjourned the case to a date in July.

The accused, with an address at Elm Hill, Newcastle Road in Lucan, is charged with two counts of false imprisonment on September 12, 2021.

Garda Corey Brady said the DPP ordered a summary trial in district court on the charges.

Describing the allegation for jurisdictional purposes, Gda Brady alleged that Mr Hassan was a taxi driver and on the day in question he took a ticket to bring a woman from Harelawn to Clondalkin in Adamstown.

Gda Brady claimed Mr Hassan drove down Newcastle Road but overshot the exit the woman expected him to take. He drove to Elm Hill and parked the car.

Gda Brady alleged that the passenger repeatedly asked Mr Hassan to drive her home, but he simply sat with her.

After about 40 minutes, he drove the woman to her destination, the garda said.

Judge McHugh said he would accept the jurisdiction of the prosecution, meaning the case remains in district court.

Gda Brady said she had no objection to bail, provided Mr Hassan had no contact, direct or indirect, with the allegedly injured party.

Mr. Hassan must also provide the gardaí with a mobile phone number, log on once a week to his local guard post and notify the gardaí if he changes his address.

The accused has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Judge McHugh assigned defense attorney Simon Fleming to free legal aid.

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