Passenger drunkenly hit taxi's dashboard

Dublin taxis. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Eimear Cotter

A REVELLER violently hit the dashboard of a taxi after he discovered he did not have any money to pay the fare, a court heard.

Christopher Scott (29) had been celebrating his brother's birthday in the city centre but became separated from his friends and lost his wallet.

A friend rang him the next day and told him he had the wallet, his solicitor said.

Judge David McHugh ordered Scott to donate €200 to Down Syndrome Ireland and said he would apply the probation act.


The defendant, of Corduff Grove in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to pay a taxi fare.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said Scott took a taxi from Wexford Street, Dublin 2 to Corduff but could not pay the €26 fare.

Sgt Doherty said he was drunk and violently hit the dashboard of the taxi.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant had been celebrating his brother's birthday.

Mr O'Doherty said Scott, a hotel worker, thought he had money, but discovered his wallet was missing.

The defendant's mobile phone was also dead and he was unable to contact his friends. He was sorry for his behaviour.