Thursday 23 January 2020

Taxi man 'lost cool' and headbutted driver during row

Arthur Keogh (46) claimed the victim had punched him first
Arthur Keogh (46) claimed the victim had punched him first

A taxi driver "lost his cool" and headbutted a food delivery man in the face after arguing with the victim about his driving.

Arthur Keogh (46) was walking home when he confronted the delivery driver, saying he had sped down the street before parking in front of Keogh's driveway.

Keogh denied assault, claiming the victim punched him first and he had struck back in self-defence.

Finding him guilty, Judge John Hughes adjourned the case for a restorative justice report.

The victim told Dublin District Court he was delivering food to Greenwood Court, Ayrfield, on August 12, 2017.

When the victim parked his car, the accused and his wife spoke to him but he "didn't have time to listen".

When he returned, he saw the car door open and Keogh looking inside and told him to get away.

"He gave me a headbutt in my face. He got me on the nose. My nose started to bleed straight away," the victim said.

He hit the accused's glasses in a "normal reaction".


He said he would call gardai and said Keogh replied: "Go and call the guards, I will go home and make a cup of tea."

He denied punching Keogh.

The victim was treated in hospital for his injuries.

Keogh said he told the delivery man he was "driving like a f**king d**khead".

The delivery car was blocking his driveway, so he took photos and opened the door to check if the keys were in the ignition.

He claimed the victim had run toward him, saying "get away from my f**king car" and punched Keogh twice on the jaw, causing his glasses to fly to the ground.

Keogh maintained he stood up after retrieving his glasses and the victim was still standing over him, so he headbutted him in self-defence.

His wife, Karen Keogh, said she saw the victim "swing at" her husband.

The accused, a father-of-two with no previous convictions, has offered €1,000 to the victim

Judge Hughes said the victim could have been more "sympathetic" but Keogh had broken the law.

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