Saturday 18 January 2020

Father spared jail for trashing taxi in random drunken attack

David Wright was ordered to do community service. Photo: Steve Humphreys
David Wright was ordered to do community service. Photo: Steve Humphreys

A father-of-two who jumped on a taxi and trashed it in a random, alcohol-fuelled attack has been spared jail.

David Wright (34), described by a judge as "one of those people who goes crazy" when they drink, was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service.

Wright, an air conditioning installer from Mill Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the taxi at Orchard Road, also in Clondalkin, on October 7, 2018.

The case was heard previously and had been adjourned for a community service suitability report.

After hearing the report was favourable and the accused had paid full compensation for the €2,640 worth of damage, Judge David McHugh imposed the order in lieu of a four-month prison sentence.


Blanchardstown District Court had heard the cabbie had pulled in at 3.10am to pick up a fare when Wright approached the taxi and jumped on the bonnet.

He then jumped into the air and came down on the windscreen, smashing it with his knees and damaging the roof.

He rolled off the cab and walked away in the direction of Ninth Lock Road.

The driver followed him and identified him to gardai, who arrested Wright.

The court heard he had previous convictions for public order offences.

Wright had been highly intoxicated at the time, his lawyer said.

He had been grieving as his mother died a few months previously.

"Give him some drink and he's one of those people that go crazy," Judge McHugh said.

The judge did not accept bereavement was a factor.

Wright accepted that what happened was "100pc his fault", his lawyer said.

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