e1000 paid to assaulted tax driver

Two men who beat up a taxi driver in a row over a fare will have to find further compensation on a sum they have already offered by way of compensation, Judge Flann Brennan said at Dundalk Court.

Two men who beat up a taxi driver in a row over a fare will have to find further compensation on a sum they have already offered by way of compensation, Judge Flann Brennan said at Dundalk Court.

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

A previous court had heard that Mr Olabe tried to recover his correct fare instead of the e4 he was offered for driving the men to a B&B at Dublin Road on April 19 last year.

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”, the court had heard.

The victim had suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to hospital.

A solicitor for the defendants told last Wednesday’s court hearing that the men were to pay e5,000 compensation, half each, to Mr Olabe.

A final payment of e1,000 had been paid over on te morning of the court.

Solicitor Sean T O’Reilly, appearing for the victim, said that one serious aspect of the case was the names Mr Olabe had been called by the two men, apart from the beating he had got.

The man was still receiving medical treatment but there was no up to date medical report in court.

The solicitor for the defendants said it had been quite a struggle for the men to get the money together because one was unemployed and the other working part-time.

Judge Flann Brennan said that further compensation of e1,000 each would have to be paid by Mr Olabe and he put the case back to October 23.