Student charged in connection with car attack at Citywest Shopping Centre

by Padraig Conlon

A student appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday charged in connection with a car attack outside Citywest Shopping Centre.

Alegranto Kongolo, 23, a computer science student with an address at Rossfield Park, Tallaght, is accused of intentionally driving his car into another man.

A man in his 20s was injured when he was hit by an Audi during an incident at 5.30pm on Wednesday outside the local shopping centre.

The alleged victim was taken to Tallaght University Hospital for treatment but his injures which were not thought to be life threatening.

Alegranto Kongolo was granted bail under strict terms after he was charged with four serious offences in connection with the incident; assault causing harm to a named man, endangerment of life, criminal damage and production of a claw hammer as a weapon during the incident.

A number of garda units and emergency services attended at the scene and arrested him.

Video footage of the incident went viral online on Wednesday evening and gardai appealed for witnesses.

The court was told the charges can carry maximum sentences ranging from five to 10 years.

Judge Colin Daly ordered the accused to reside at his current address and notify gardai of any change, sign on daily at Tallaght Garda station, obey a 10pm-6am curfew and he must stay away from the alleged injured party and not have any contact with him.

The accused was also ordered to surrender his passport and not to apply for alternative travel documents.

The judge noted he had an Irish passport and did not hold dual citizenship.

Mr Kongolo was remanded on bail and ordered to appear at Tallaght District Court on December 19th for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Dublin South West TD John Lahart says more gardaí are needed to stop anti-social behaviour and violent incidents in Dublin.

“A very serious incident took place in Citywest on Wednesday where a man in his 20s was struck by a car and subsequently hospitalised because of injuries sustained during the incident,” Deputy Lahart said.

“A number of garda units and emergency services attended the scene and a 23-year-old man was arrested in relation to the incident.

“I have been very involved with the local community there and has met with resident groups and business owners in recent times to discuss continuing anti-social behaviour.

“I have been engaging with business owners around the shopping centre regarding the anti-social behaviour.”

Deputy Lahart said incidents of anti-social behaviour causing harm will not be tolerated and those caught engaging in such behaviour would feel the full force of the law.

“There has been a massive rise in Anti-Social behaviour in the area and I have highlighted this recently with senior Gardai,” he said.

“This rise has been allowed to happen due to lack of Garda resources and will continue to rise unless the Gardaí get the resources that they need.”

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