Teen who attacked taxi driver jailed

by Gazette Reporter
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A young man who attacked a taxi driver and tried to rob his car when he was 16 years old has been jailed for 16 months.

Jason Collins (now aged 19) is currently serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for a similar attack on a taxi driver, in which his older brother wrapped a phone charger cable around the driver’s neck while Collins rifled through his pockets.

Collins, with an address at Lefroy House, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to rob the taxi driver and one count of assault causing him harm at Bluebell Avenue, Dublin on May 15, 2018.

The court heard that Collins, a father-of-one, and two teenage girls flagged down the taxi in Cork Street at around 4am in the morning in question.

When they got to their destination, Collins took out what appeared to be a flick knife and told the driver: “You can get just leave the taxi nicely or I will rob it”, before punching him in the face.

As the driver got out of the car, Collins punched and kicked him as he lay on the ground. The driver managed to flee the scene and received hospital treatment to a number of injuries, including facial cuts and a broken tooth.

Judge Elma Sheahan handed down a sentence of two years and four months but suspended the final 12 months on a number of conditions.

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