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Thurles Resident Accused Of Assault On Cork Taxi Driver Served With Book Of Evidence.

Mr Mark Beresford, aged 29 years, with an address at No. 41 Gortataggart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary has been served with a book of evidence, by Garda Daniel Murray.

Mr Beresford stands accused of fracturing the cheek of 52-year-old Cork taxi driver, latter named as Cork resident, Mr Willy Lufuluabo, more than two years ago, on May 1st, 2021, at Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, Co. Cork.

The taxi driver had reportedly picked up the accused at Co. Cork’s Kent Station, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, before driving, as directed, to Mitchelstown. Close to Mitchelstown the driver was asked to return to Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, a distance of some 59km from where initially directed. Here the driver was asked to stop and the alleged assault was carried out. The taxi 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, the assailant, now wanted to be brought to Thurles, Co. Tipperary, a distance of some 123km from Bishopstown.

On the application of Sergeant Pat Lyons, Mr Justice Olann Kelleher sent the case forward from Cork District Court to the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court, commencing on October 23rd next.

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

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