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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bus driver was in fear of abusive passenger (25)

John Keenan
John Keenan

A BUS driver feared for his safety after a passenger began verbally abusing him, a court heard

Father-of-two John Keenan (25) was with another man and the two "bounced off each other", his solicitor said.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Keenan €100.

The defendant, with an address at Barry Drive, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident, contrary to the public order act, took place at Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, last September 20.

Gda David Doran said he was on patrol shortly after 10am when he received a call that a bus driver had been in an altercation with two males.

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He said the driver told gardai he feared for his safety and he wanted the men removed from the bus. The officer said Keenan was very abusive to the driver and he arrested him.

The court heard the defendant has 14 previous convictions, but only one for a public order matter.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said his client was cooperative when he was arrested.

He said Keenan was on the bus with another male and the two of them "bounced off each other".

Judge McHugh said he regards bus drivers as public servants, and asked Keenan "what was his problem".

Mr Fleming said there was no excuse for Keenan's behaviour, and the abuse was all verbal.

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