'Tallafornia' star Cormac Brannigan fined €2,500 for green diesel in taxi
A TAXI-driver, who starred in the TV3 reality series 'Tallafornia', has been convicted and fined €2,500 for having green diesel in his BMW car.
Cormac Brannigan (30), known as the 'Corminator', with an address at Woodbrook Court, Castleknock, Dublin, was prosecuted by the Revenue Commissioners.
Yesterday at Dublin District Court, he pleaded guilty to having oil containing dye in his car's fuel tank on January 10, 2011.
Brannigan, who has no prior criminal convictions, was questioned and agreed that he had put the fuel in his car, Judge O'Neill heard.
Defence counsel Donall Johnston pleaded for leniency. He said that on January 8, 2011, Brannigan was returning from a late-night fare when his car broke down.
He called his father, a garage owner who has a truck that uses green diesel, to come and help him.
His father arrived with fuel and they put it in the car, but at the time Brannigan was unaware that it was green diesel.
A day later Brannigan was stopped by gardai who found the cannister of green diesel. His taxi was impounded.
After that Brannigan brought his BMW to a garage to have the fuel removed.
The defence lawyer said Brannigan, who is now unemployed, had also brought receipts of his fuel expenses over a three-year period from 2009 to 2012, totalling €23,000, showing that this incident was "a once off".
Judge O'Neill held that a conviction was mandatory.