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Friday 22 June 2018

Garage boss spared conviction for punching taxi driver in face

Ciaran Greene paid €4,000 in compensation over a punch
Ciaran Greene paid €4,000 in compensation over a punch

A garage owner has avoided a criminal record after punching a taxi driver in the face in a dispute over a fare.

Ciaran Greene (35) left the cabbie with a "deformity" to his nose that needed surgical correction.

Judge Bryan Smyth struck the case out after Greene paid €4,000 in compensation.

Greene, a father-of-one from Portobello Harbour, Grove Road, Rathmines, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Tahir Saleem at Rathmines Road Lower on January 24, 2016.

Judge Smyth found him guilty and the case was back before Dublin District Court for payment of compensation.

Defence solicitor Michael French confirmed the cheque had cleared and Greene was anxious to be left without a conviction.

Evidence

Judge Smyth said he was not "overly impressed with" the accused's evidence.

Mr French said the defendant had no previous convictions and was not likely to be in trouble again.

The case had cost the accused "a lot of money", he added.

Previously, the court heard Greene launched the attack when the victim followed him as he ran to his home to avoid paying the fare. After Greene jumped out of the car, Mr Saleem also got out and asked if he was going to pay.

The accused pushed the cabbie and he fell down. Greene ran off and he followed him.

Mr Saleem said he felt a "very hard" punch to his face, followed by another couple. He tried to punch back to defend himself.

Greene had claimed Mr Saleem became aggressive, pulled him from the car and began pushing him. He denied punching him.

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