Sunday 8 December 2019

Aggressive passenger refused to pay taxi driver €17.40 fare

Finbarr Delaney was told by a judge he will have to pay up. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Finbarr Delaney was told by a judge he will have to pay up. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A taxi passenger ended up in court after he became aggressive and refused to pay the fare for a journey in west Dublin.

Finbarr Delaney (44) continued to refuse to pay the fare after gardai were flagged down by the driver.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against Delaney when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The judge said he would decide on a penalty after the accused paid the cash to the taxi man.

The defendant, of St Edmund's Park, Lucan, pleaded guilty to refusing to pay a fare for hire of a public service vehicle.

Sgt Geraldine McManigan said in evidence that the incident happened at Fonthill Road in Clondalkin last May 1.


Gardai were on vehicle patrol on the road at 11.30pm when they were flagged down by a taxi driver.

The driver told them he had picked up a passenger who was being aggressive and would not pay the fare, which came to €17.40.

Gardai spoke to the accused, giving him another chance to pay the fare, but he refused, Sgt McManigan added.

Judge McHugh told Delaney the fare must be paid, and after that he would consider what he was going to do.

He gave the accused the option of returning to court within a week or on a later date in September.

The accused initially asked if he could pay the money that day, then opted to return in September.

Delaney was not legally represented when he appeared in court.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case and remanded the accused on continuing bail.

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