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Cheek Bone Of Taxi Driver Allegedly Fractured By Thurles Resident.

Mr Mark Beresford, with an address at No. 41 Gortataggart, Brittas Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, was charged by Garda Mr Daniel Murray with assault, allegedly having caused bodily harm to 52-year-old taxi driver, Mr Willy Lufuluabo, at Curraheen Road, Co. Cork on May 1st, last year.

A Co. Cork Court heard that a very serious assault had left the taxi driver with a fractured cheek bone.

We understand the taxi driver had picked up the accused, in the company of another, at Co. Cork’s Kent Station, Lower Glanmire Road, before driving, as directed, to Mitchelstown. Along the way, one of his passengers asked to stop off at Maxol in Tivoli, before then proceeding on their journey.
Close to Mitchelstown the driver was asked to return to Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, some 59km distance from Mitchelstown, where upon the driver was asked to stop, and the alleged assault was carried out by one of the drivers passengers. The driver was punched several times in the face, with the assailant stating that this was not where they had asked him to go and that he now wanted to be brought back to Thurles, Co. Tipperary, a distance of some 123km from Bishopstown.

Having read the medical report on the taxi driver’s injuries, Mr Justice Colm Roberts refused to accept jurisdiction; stating the case was too serious and was a matter for trial by ‘Judge and Jury’.

Judge Mr Colm Roberts adjourned the case to Monday, November 7th, next.

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