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Waiter held after violent taxi row

A WAITER tried to strike a taxi driver during a roadside dispute, then threatened to assault gardai after he was arrested, a court heard.

Gardai said Shane Coughlan had been passing the rank, but the accused maintained he had been a passenger in the taxi. Coughlan, of Willowbrook Terrace, Rathfarnham, was charged with causing a breach of the peace at South Great George's Street on November 7, 2012.

The prosecuting garda told Dublin District Court that Coughlan was held back by other passers-by at the scene.

When gardai approached, he had to be physically restrained. He was so violent at the garda station, the cuffs had to be left on him in the cell.

Judge Michael Walsh said he wanted to hear from Coughlan, who was not present in court, before sentencing.

The case was adjourned until May 21.