Man remanded over attack on pregnant woman

A 27-year-old man charged with assault and robbery of a pregnant woman during a car-jacking in Dublin on Monday was further remanded in custody today.

The car was alleged to have been taken in the north inner city while the mother-to-be was still in it after her partner stepped out to put money into a parking meter.

Stephen Comey of Pearse House, Dublin 2, was charged with assault causing harm to Xiao Linh Zhoun (aged 36) in Dublin's north inner city on May 12. He is also charged with robbery of a mobile phone worth €500 from the woman.

Mr Comey had been denied bail when he was brought before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court yesterday evening.

The defendant had been remanded in custody and his case resumed today at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Victor Blake.

Dressed in grey tracksuit he did not address the court and his solicitor Eleanor Leane told Judge Blake that there was consent to Mr Comey being further remanded in custody to appear again at the same court on May 28.

The judge also heard that directions from the DPP needed to be obtained in relation to the case.

The car was allegedly taken near Mountjoy Square at about 3pm on Monday and stopped by gardaí at Sean McDermott Street.

The accused had been arrested and held at Store Street Garda station where he was charged before being brought to court.

Following the incident the woman was brought to the hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

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