Woman dragged from car in robbery

A woman who was about to drive away from a filling station at night was dragged from her car and knocked to the ground where she hit her head, it was alleged at Cork District Court.

Hugh Maguire, of 28 Ravensdale Road, Mahon, Cork, was arrested by Garda Aoife Hayes and charged with attempted robbery of the car at the Esso filling station on South Link Rd, Cork on July 14.

He was cautioned after being charged but made no reply. Mr Maguire applied to be released on bail and Insp Ronan Kenneally said the prosecution was opposed to that application.

There was some conflict in the evidence initially about whether or not he was residing at 28 Ravensdale Rd but it was later clarified that Maguire was living there. The prosecution accepted this.

Garda Hayes said it was alleged that a woman was sitting in her Nissan Qashqai at around 11.30pm when a man pulled her from her vehicle.

“An incident occurred from that in which she was knocked to the ground and banged her head off the tiles on the ground. She was assisted by two witnesses. There is very strong evidence,” Garda Hayes alleged.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, asked if Maguire had co-operated with the investigation. Garda Hayes confirmed that he had co-operated.

Insp Ronan Kenneally asked Maguire about the likelihood of him turning up in court to face his case if granted bail. He replied: “I will turn up for my case, there is no reason not to.”

Judge Leo Malone refused bail and remanded the accused in custody until July 22.


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