A REVELLER who smashed the front passenger window of a taxi by punching it claimed that he lost his temper after a man jumped into the car and assaulted his brother.
Mark Brennan (26) said he went after the individual, and ended up in a verbal row with a group of people.
The defendant, of Cloonmore Lawns in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and criminal damage of a taxi.
The incident took place at Abberley Square West, Tallaght on January 23 last.
Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said gardai were called to a public order disturbance shortly after 3am.
Sgt Jones said there was a group of people present, and Brennan was verbally abusive and aggressive to this group.
While gardai were speaking to Brennan, a taxi driver came over and told gardai that the defendant had punched the front passenger window of the 2004-registered taxi, smashing the window, and putting him out of business for the night.
Defence solicitor Grainne Malone said that Brennan, who is an unemployed construction worker, had €200 compensation in court for the taxi driver.
Ms Malone said that father-of-two Brennan was out with his brother, who was assaulted by another man who jumped into a taxi while they sat in it.
The court heard that Brennan went after him, which was a rather foolish thing to do.
Ms Malone said the defendant spent a number of hours in custody following the incident, which was a new and unpleasant experience for him.
Judge James McDonnell ordered that €200 compensation be handed to the taxi driver. He also fined Brennan €150.