Dad used his son's crutch to hit driver
A FATHER-of-one who used his disabled 10-year-old son's crutch to savagely attack a taxi driver in a dispute over the fare has been jailed for six months.
Paul Flynn (30) was drunk and crazed from the drug "snow blow" when he grabbed the crutch from his child and trashed the taxi, then beat the cabbie about the head and face while the boy watched.
Flynn had been returning his son to the boy's mother's home following a family Christening when the attack happened.
The terrified taxi driver suffered severe facial bruising in the assault at a north Dublin housing estate.
Jailing Flynn at Dublin District Court, Judge Miriam Malone said it was fortunate that the driver's injuries were not worse.
Flynn, of The Hollands Avenue, Rheban Manor, Athy, pleaded guilty to charges of assault causing harm, using the crutch as a weapon, criminal damage, breach of the peace and public intoxication.
The court heard Flynn and his son had arrived in Larch Hill estate, Santry, in a taxi at 3.20am.
They were returning from a christening which had gone on all day at various venues. The fare dispute arose while they were standing outside the taxi.
Flynn took one of the boy's metal crutches and began striking the taxi, denting and scraping it, causing more than €500 worth of damage.
He struck the driver several times on the side of the head and back, as well as hitting him on the bridge of the nose.
The victim left the scene and drove to Santry Garda Station, where he reported the incident.
Half-an-hour later, gardai arrived and found the accused in a different part of the estate, still in the company of his son.
He began verbally abusing and threatening the gardai.
Flynn, an insulator, had earned "serious money" during the boom but had lost his job and his life "fell apart", his solicitor Peter Connolly said.