Friday 18 August 2017

'Mattress Mick' spared conviction in taxi license case

Mattress Mick
Mattress Mick

Tom Tuite

Bedding salesman and internet sensation ‘Mattress Mick’ has been spared a criminal conviction for renting a taxi to a driver who did not have a public service vehicle licence.

Judge John Brennan finalised the case at Dublin District Court by ordering a strike-out after noting that he had complied with an order to donate €500

to the Simon Communities and to pay €400 in prosecution costs.

Prosecuted by the National Transport Authority (NTA), the 65-year-old appeared in court under his real name, Michael Flynn.

Mr Flynn, of Kincora Road, Dublin 3, pleaded guilty last month to not keeping a record of the driver’s licence, but was given a chance to avoid a criminal conviction.

The court had heard that during a compliance check a taxi was stopped last March 8. It took off at speed, but the driver’s home was later placed under surveillance.

expired

When questioned, the man admitted he had been the driver. His taxi licence had expired in January last year.

He had rented the taxi from Mr Flynn, who was later interviewed by an NTA inspector.

Mr Flynn was found to be co-operative and very profess-

ional.

Mr Flynn, who represented himself, had explained in court that he had not known the driver who had rented the taxi from him did not have a public service licence.

He also said he had paid for the man to get one re-issued.

The driver does not rent the taxi from him any more.

Mr Flynn has become a fixture on northside Dublin billboards. However, he is better known as Mattress Mick to fans of his wacky advertising and videos which went viral, boosting sales in his mattress shop in Dublin.

He has also gone on to star in a documentary, called Matt-ress Men , which has received critical acclaim.

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