AN APPRENTICE mechanic repeatedly punched a taxi driver after he intervened in an argument between him and two fare dodgers, a court heard.
Glen Paisley (22) left the taxi driver with a broken tooth following the roadside assault.
His lawyer, Ronnie Lynam, told a court that Paisley has a temper and has anger management issues.
Mr Lynam said Paisley intervened due to a sense of “misplaced loyalty” to the fare dodgers.
Judge John Lindsay ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to July to see if Paisley is suitable for community service.
The defendant, of Drinaghmore Close in Carrickmines, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to assaulting another man at Glencairn Dale, The Gallops in Leopardstown on November 18, 2012.
Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said the taxi driver was dropping two men off at a house at The Gallops when they ran off without paying the fare.
Sgt McCann said the taxi driver ran after the two men, grabbing one of them.
The sergeant said Paisley then intervened in the dispute and struck the taxi driver on the front of the head.
Sgt McCann said the victim received a number of further blows to the face and body.
He suffered a broken tooth and had headaches for a few weeks.
Sgt McCann said the taxi driver was also unable to work nights for a few days, but has since made a full recovery.
Paisley further admitted to a second assault at Sandyford Hall Shopping Centre on November 21, 2010.
In relation to that incident, Sgt McCann said the victim was sitting in his car outside a shop when Paisley came over and punched him in the face.
Sgt McCann said the victim suffered nose bleeds after the assault but has since fully recovered.
The court heard Paisley has 45 previous convictions, many for road traffic matters.
Mr Lynam said Paisley accepts he has a temper.
In relation to the taxi driver, Mr Lynam said Paisley foolishly intervened due to a sense of misplaced loyalty.
He said said Paisley’s family are frustrated with his behaviour and believe he needs therapy.
Mr Lynam also said Paisley, an apprentice mechanic, was willing to pay compensation to the victims.