Monday 24 June 2019

Irate student let off fire extinguisher inside taxi

Dublin District Court

Patrick Fogarty
Patrick Fogarty

A STUDENT damaged a taxi by spraying a fire extinguisher over the interior when the driver would not take him and his friends, a court heard.

Patrick Fogarty (19) had been told his group was too big for the cab when he carried out the damage, which cost €700 to clean.

He went on to cause another €1,124 worth of damage to a second taxi by jumping on the bonnet while it was stopped in traffic in a separate incident two months later.

Dublin District Court heard he had dropped out from UCD at the time and had "personal issues".

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for payment of the full €1,824 compensation, and a probation report.

Fogarty, with an address at Clonmore Road, Mount Merrion, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Sgt Peter Seery said the first incident happened at Sallymount Avenue, Ranelagh.

Five men had tried to get into the cab and when the driver told them he could only take four, Fogarty took out a fire extinguisher and sprayed it.

He was arrested and brought to Donnybrook Garda Station, where he had €20 worth of cannabis on him.

On March 7 last, another taxi driver was stopped at a red light at the junction of Pearse Street and Macken Street when the accused and another man jumped on the bonnet, denting it.

They ran from the scene but Fogarty was stopped by a passer-by as he tried to escape.

Fogarty had no previous convictions and was anxious to remain with a clean record, his lawyer said.

He had €1,000 in court but needed more time to come up with the rest of the compensation.

The accused would be taking Business Management in DIT this year.

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