Youth given suspended sentence for hijack of army jeep

A youth who was part of a gang that attacked an army sergeant in order to hijack a military jeep has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Thomas Doran (aged 20) of Coldcut Crescent, Clondalkin was in a group which threatened the sergeant with a broken bottle before driving off at high speed in a stolen army jeep.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court previously heard that Doran who was extremely intoxicated on the night, was with three others who were all older than him.

The oldest in the group, Joseph Haide (aged 28) of De Selby Rise, Tallaght was given a three-year jail sentence with two years suspended at a previous hearing.

At that hearing Garda JP Donoghue told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, Quartermaster Sergeant Patrick Kelly went down to the base camp that night where he found five youths drinking with their car pulled up blocking the road.

They asked the quartermaster sergeant to help them to move the car and he agreed to push it up the hill.

He then returned to his own official military jeep when the group asked for a lift.

When he refused because it was a military vehicle one of the group then reached in and tried to take the keys from the ignition while others tried to drag him from the vehicle.

Another got into the back of the jeep and threatened the quartermaster sergeant with a bottle shouting he would kill him.

The court heard that the quartermaster sergeant was in fear for his own safety and got out of the vehicle and ran away but the group followed him until he grabbed a rock for his own protection. The group then returned to the jeep and drove off towards Tallaght.

Gda Donoghue said the vehicle was driven in a dangerous manner, driving at high speeds and on the wrong side of the road. The chase ended in a housing estate in Rathfarnham after the jeep was rammed into one of the patrol cars pursuing it.

The driver of the vehicle received a three-year sentence with the final 18 months suspended.

Pieter LeVert BL, defending, said Doran was so drunk he couldn’t remember what happened on the night but he accepted the garda’s account.

Judge Tony Hunt said Doran was a juvenile at the time and had been influenced by the older men.

He noted his guilty plea and a reasonably good report from the Probation Services and suspended a three year prison sentence.

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