A 43-year-old taxi driver who had a dispute with a fare and drove away from a house at Kilkerley with a young woman passenger still in the vehicle has had his case adjourned at Dundalk Court for consideration of payment of compensation to the victim.
Tunde Ayoade, An Chearnog, Toberona had appeared at a previous court on a charge of false imprisonment on September 27 last year.
That court had heard that a number of passengers including a 20-year-old woman had taken a taxi from Dundalk to Kilkerley.
When they got to an address there one of them alighted and left food on the top of the vehicle and went into the house to collect the rest of the fare.
When other passengers got out of the car, defendant backed down the driveway with the door open and the young woman still in the car.
The woman’s parents made contact with the Gardai. The young woman had wanted to get out of the car but defendant refused to stop, the court heard.
It was stated that defendant was of the opinion that one of the passengers was going to get a dog in the house.
In fact, they were going into the house to get the rest of the fare, a Garda inspector said. He had been given e7 while the fare was e15.05.
At that hearing a solicitor told Judge Flann Brennan that his client was confronted with a situation at 3.30am. He panicked, thinking that someone was going to get a dog. He said that a mother had contacted the woman in the rear seat of the taxi, and the mother also had a conversation with the driver.
When the case again came before Judge Brennan last Wednesday he read a probation report on defendant. A barrister said on defendant’s behalf that his client fully accepted that the lady in question had suffered distress. He had spoken to the woman’s mother by phone from the taxi reassuring her that he was going to the Garda station. The man was extremely stressed over the whole incident as a conviction would have serious consequences for him.
The judge adjourned the case to July 24 for consideration of the payment of compensation by the defendant to the victim.