Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Tallafornia' taxi driver being prosecuted for having green diesel in fuel tank

Tom Tuite

A TAXI-driver, who starred in the TV3 reality series "Tallafornia", is being prosecuted for having green diesel in his fuel tank.

Cormac Brannigan (29) of Woodbrook Court, Castleknock Dublin, known as the “Corminator”, is being prosecuted by the Revenue Commissioners for an offence under the Finance Act which on conviction carries a fine but no jail sentence.

He is accused of having marked mineral oil containing blue dye in his car's fuel tank, at Airton Road Garda pound in Tallaght, on January 10, 2011.

He was summoned to appear at Dublin District Court today where his solicitor Peter Connolly said “this matter is going to be contested”.

He asked Judge John O'Neill to grant legal aid to Mr Brannigan who is denying the allegation. The court heard also that the reality TV star has fallen on hard times.

His solicitor said Mr Brannigan had never been in trouble before and a criminal conviction could have serious consequences for him. The lawyer also said Mr Brannigan was “not in good circumstances financially”.

“He works as a taxi-driver, he is self employed,” the solicitor said adding, “his car was written off five weeks ago, he is not entitled to state benefits.”

Mr Connolly said the car was out of action, it was hoped there would be an insurance claim and Mr Brannigan was treating the case seriously.

A statement of Mr Brannigan's means was also furnished to the judge who decided to grant free him legal aid.

He also heard that prosecution will call two custom officers to give evidence and Mr Brannigan may also call witnesses in his defence.

Judge O'Neill ordered Mr Brannigan, who did not address the court, to appear again on a date in October for a hearing of the case.

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