TWO men from Co Donegal have admitted hitting a taxi driver several times after a row over a fare.

Ciaran Kilgannon (20), an apprentice plumber of Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and Stephen Sheerin (29), a plumber, of Kildoney, Ballyshannon were charged with public disorder and assault on a Mr Olabe, the taximan in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Inspector Martin Beggy said that Mr Olabe had tried to recover his correct fare for the men who were in Louth because of work.

A scuffle had broken out and he had to leave the area of the house where the men were staying.

He had been followed and struck several times. Both defendants were “extremely drunk”, he said. The driver had cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital.

Solicitor Roger McGinley said the men had been in Dundalk in the course of their work and had been staying at the guesthouse for a number of nights.

They had gone into town at 10pm and returned at 3am but had got into “an unfortunate dispute” with the driver. He believed their behaviour was “totally uncharacteristic.”

Judge Flann Brennan put the case back to October 17 so that an offer of compensation could be made to the taxi driver.



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