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Keith Lawlor

Keith Lawlor

Keith Lawlor

A TAXI from the city centre to west Dublin which cost a reveller €100 "sounds quite expensive", a court has heard.

Keith Lawlor (33) was arrested for failing to pay his share of the fare after this brother was dropped off.

Judge David McHugh struck out the charge, leaving Lawlor without a conviction after he paid €30 to the taxi driver.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to failing to pay a taxi fare of €64 at his home at Alderwood, Hollystown, Dublin 15, at around 6am last November 30.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said Lawlor and his brother hailed a taxi in Dublin city centre to take them home.

Sgt Callaghan said the driver dropped Lawlor's brother at his home and he paid the driver €40.

The officer said the defendant fell asleep, and when he woke up the driver told him the remaining fare was €60.45.

Sgt Callaghan said Lawlor had money, but the driver said it was not enough and gardai were called to the scene.

maths

The court heard Lawlor had never been in trouble before.

Sgt Callaghan said the fare of €100 "sounds quite an expensive taxi fare".

Judge McHugh said he was "not going to do the maths".

He ordered Lawlor to pay €30 to the taxi driver and struck out the charge.

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