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Declan Kiniry allegedly hit the driver in a row over the fare

Declan Kiniry allegedly hit the driver in a row over the fare

Declan Kiniry allegedly hit the driver in a row over the fare

The case against a man accused of punching a taxi driver in the face following a dispute about fares has been adjourned for a medical report on the alleged victim's injuries.

Declan Kiniry (32) allegedly assaulted the driver by approaching him from behind and hitting him up to four times, a court was told.

Judge David McHugh said he would need to see evidence of the man's injuries before deciding whether to allow the case to remain in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Kiniry, of Earlsfort Drive, Lucan, is charged with assault causing harm at Woodford Walk, Clondalkin, on February 18, 2018.

The DPP directed summary disposal of the case in the district court and Judge David McHugh asked to hear an outline of the allegations for the consideration of jurisdiction.

Confronted

Garda Sergeant Walter Sweeney said the taxi driver told gardaí he picked up three passengers, including the accused, at around 4am.

They got out of the taxi and walked away without paying the fare and the driver confronted one of them.

It was alleged that the driver was approached from behind by the accused, who then punched him in the face, nose and neck.

There had been a row during the journey, which had culminated in the non-payment of the fare, Sgt Sweeney said.

The taxi driver was paid later.

Judge McHugh said he could not make a decision on jurisdiction without hearing more about the injuries and adjourned the case to a date in March.​​​​​​​


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