Thursday 20 September 2018

Nevin settled case for €60,000 after crash with taxi

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Ray Managh

Rapist Patrick Nevin settled a €60,000 personal injuries claim after his car was struck by a taxi driver.

The 36-year-old could not be identified when the case came before the Circuit Civil Court seven months ago due to outstanding rape and sexual assault charges against him, to which he pleaded guilty yesterday.

On November 7 last year, Nevin attended court handcuffed to a prison officer. He stood in a corridor while his barrister negotiated with the legal team for taximan Irfan Ahmed and AM Taxi Rental Group, both of whose addresses were given as c/o Liberty Insurance, Dublin Road, Cavan.

Nevin (36), of Meadowlands Court, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, sued Mr Ahmed and the taxi rental firm for €60,000 damages arising out of a road accident.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke was told that following talks outside the court, the case had been settled and could be struck out with an order for Nevin's legal costs against both defendants.

As Nevin had been facing a rape charge and one of sexual assault, on which reporting restrictions existed at the time, he could not be identified even in the civil proceedings.

Liability had been conceded by the defendants' insurers and the case had been listed for half-an-hour as an assessment of damages only. The court had been told at the morning call-over that there were ongoing talks between the parties.

In his pleadings, Nevin claimed that on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at about 12.30am his car had been stationary at traffic lights outside Trinity College when he was rear-ended by Mr Ahmed's taxi. He alleged he had been shocked and shaken and initially had no physical complaints but had neck and shoulder pains and a headache when he awoke the next morning.

No details of the settlement had been disclosed in court but the order for costs "to the plaintiff" indicated the settlement in the €60,000 case had been made in his favour.

Irish Independent

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