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Passenger threatened to hit driver in bus pass row

A DUBLIN bus passenger threatened to hit the driver in a dispute after he tried to travel with "three-quarters of a bus pass," a court heard.

Gavin Kiely (33) got "annoyed" when the driver told him he was seizing the pass during the incident in the west of the city.

A judge said he would leave him without a conviction if he made a €300 donation after he admitted a public order offence in the incident.

Kiely, with an address at Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace on June 17, 2010.

Garda David Connolly told the court a dispute took place between the defendant and driver on board the bus at Ballyfermot Road.


The driver was seizing the pass and the accused went to kick the door of the bus. He also grabbed the bus pass and threatened to hit the driver if he would not let it go. Kiely was identified on CCTV footage.

There had been three-quarters of the pass, which was Kiely's, and he was annoyed that it was being seized, defence solicitor Michael O'Connor said.

"He took out his anger on the unfortunate bus driver," Mr O'Connor added.

Kiely had nine previous convictions but none for public order offences.

Judge Brendan Toale adjourned the case to next month and said he would strike the charge out if the defendant made a €300 charity donation.