Court hears how two drunk men assaulted taxi driver

A Dundalk taxi driver was struck several times after he sought the correct fare from his two drunk passengers

A Dundalk taxi driver was struck several times after he sought the correct fare from his two drunk passengers

Ciaran Kilgannon (20), an apprentice plumber of Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and Stephen Sheerin (29), a plumber, of Kildoney, Ballyshannon were charged with public disorder and assault on a Mr Olabe, the taximan.

Inspector Martin Beggy said that Mr Olabe tried to recover his correct fare. A scuffle had broken out and he had to leave the area of the house. He had been followed and struck several times. Both defendants were “extremely drunk”, he said. The driver had cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital.

Solicitor Roger McGinley said the men had been in Dundalk in the course of their work and had been staying at the guesthouse for a number of nights. They had one into town at 10pm and returned at 3am but had got into “an unfortunate dispute” with the driver. He believed their behaviour was totally uncharacteristic.

Judge Flann Brennan put the case back to October 17 so that an offer of compensation could be made to the taxi driver.