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Reveller tried to hit taximan

A NIGHTCLUB reveller who kicked out at the dashboard of a taxi and tried to hit the driver in a row over the fare has avoided a conviction.

Philip McKeever (26) had claimed the driver was going to throw him out on a dual carriageway after he told him he would get the money when he arrived home.

Judge Bridget Reilly applied the Probation Act at Dun Laoghaire District Court after McKeever donated €300 to the Sunshine Children's Hospice Fund.

McKeever, of Loughlinstown Wood, Loughlinstown, admitted public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to pay a fare of €26 at Old Bray Road, Cabinteely on March 14.

Jail warning to knifeman (24)

A YOUNG man caught carrying a knife after being out all night drinking has been told he was in danger of ending up in jail "for life" if his behaviour continued.

A judge told Anthony Byrne (24) if he carried knives while drinking, he might end up using them.

Byrne, of Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, was fined €400 and convicted of possession of a weapon when he appeared in Dublin District Court. He had denied the charge.

A garda witness said he found the knife in the lining of Byrne's tracksuit bottoms when he searched him at Buckingham Street at 8.20am on May 27.

Mum hid name of rogue driver

A MOTHER of four who refused to tell gardai who was driving her car after it drove away from an alcohol checkpoint has claimed the man had threatened her to keep her mouth shut.

Sybil Hade (39) said she met the man a couple of months after her 17-year-old son tragically drowned in a lake, and she started a relationship with him.

The defendant, of Prospect Drive, Rathfarnham, had denied that she failed to give gardai appropriate information as to who was driving her 2009 Dublin-registered vehicle on August 12, 2009.

A judge found her guilty and fined her €200.