A TAXI driver who blocked a social welfare inspector on the road and started banging on her car window while she was carrying out covert enquiries outside a house he was staying at is to be given the benefit of the Probation Act if he makes a charitable donation.
Gavin McVeigh (32) did not know who the inspector was and was concerned for his child and partner when a "stranger started taking photos and driving after him", Blanchardstown District Court heard.
McVeigh, of Queen Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to preventing or interrupting the free passage of a vehicle and using threatening and abusive behaviour towards the inspector on Mellowes Road, Finglas, on February 4 last year.
Det Gda Eoin Twomey said the inspector was making enquiries at an address in Finglas in relation to suspected social welfare fraud. The court heard the fraud allegation was not against McVeigh.
"The inspector took a number of photographs and got into her car to drive back to the social welfare office when the defendant blocked the road and stopped the inspector from passing," said Det Twomey.
McVeigh got out of his car and started banging on the inspector's window, shouting "Get out of the f**king car" a number of times in an aggress- ive manner before the inspector managed to drive away.
McVeigh, who has three previous convictions, told gardai he was "annoyed and concerned" that a strange person who was not wearing a uniform was taking photos and did not tell him who she was.
Judge David McHugh accepted there was a misunderstanding element about the situation and said if McVeigh pays €300 to Blanchardstown Hospice he will apply the Probation Act.