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Man broke taxi driver's nose in roadside attack

Andrew Phelan

Published 25/09/2015 | 13:31

Martin McAleese held driver down and punched him
Martin McAleese held driver down and punched him

A pub-goer has admitted breaking a taxi driver's nose by punching and head-butting him in his cab while he was stopped at traffic lights.

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Martin McAleese opened the door of the taxi and attacked the driver on a Friday night in Dublin city centre.

The incident happened after the accused's wife declined to get into the taxi because the driver was "foreign", then left in another cab.

Dublin District Court heard his wife had "a bad experience previously" and without saying anything moved to the next taxi.

The court heard McAleese claimed the victim had made "hand gestures" through the window as both taxis moved off from Fleet Street in Temple Bar.

McAleese then got out and confronted the taxi driver.

However, a garda sergeant said that what the victim said "completely contrasted" with this.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for the production of compensation for the victim.

The defendant, of Lisnagarran Lane, Portglenone, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the taxi driver at Wellington Quay last May 8.

Seatbelt

McAleese opened the front passenger door, held the driver down with one hand and punched him with the other.

The victim found it hard to defend himself because he was wearing a seatbelt, a garda said.

The accused head-butted the driver then further assaulted him when he managed to get out. The victim called for help and tried to hold on to him.

The defendant ran into Temple Bar but the victim stopped him.

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