Man caused dam­age to a pass­ing taxi

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A 63-year-old for­mer sec­ondary school teacher has been con­victed at Drogheda court of a charge of caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age to a taxi.

And, Judge Cough­lan has di­rected pa­pers in the case be sent to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, with a view to a pros­e­cu­tion be­ing taken against the de­fen­dant for a fraud­u­lent in­jury in­sur­ance claim, aris­ing out of the same in­ci­dent.

It emerged dur­ing ev­i­dence in the case, that Mr. John King, The Si­mon Com­mu­nity, Bar­rack Street, Dun­dalk, is tak­ing a per­sonal in­jury ac­tion against the taxi driver, Derek Bradley, fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent which oc­curred on 12 Novem­ber, 2016, out­side the Lour­des Hos­pi­tal at Cross­lanes.

Mr. Bradley said that at around 1am/1.15am, he was driv­ing on Boyle O’Reilly, when he saw a man act­ing sus­pi­ciously at the hos­pi­tal gates. He stopped the car, and this man jumped on the bon­net, crack­ing the wind­screen.

The taxi driver con­tin­ued, he con­tacted gar­daí, who met him at the hos­pi­tal, where he iden­ti­fied the man. ‘I didn’t strike him with the car. He jumped onto the car. He is bring­ing a per­sonal in­jury ac­tion against me, look­ing for easy money,’ Mr. Bradley said.

He de­nied con­fronting John King in the hos­pi­tal after­wards, and say­ing he ought to give him a good whack­ing.

Garda Carmel Dunne in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent, and she gave ev­i­dence that John King ad­mit­ted to her jump­ing onto the car, say­ing he wanted ‘to end things.’ The de­fen­dant had been in hos­pi­tal be­fore the in­ci­dent, and she was not in­formed of any in­juries sus­tained by him be­fore or since.

John King tes­ti­fied he had been in hos­pi­tal, and went out­side for a smoke. He was cross­ing the road when struck by a car.

After­wards, he was brought back into hos­pi­tal, and while await­ing at­ten­tion, a man threat­ened him, putting his head up to his face and say­ing, ‘I ought to give you a good whack­ing.’ The ac­cused added he was in shock, and didn’t know what to say. He suf­fered in­juries to his fore­head, noses, knees and arm. Mr. King de­nied say­ing to the garda that he jumped onto the car to end things.

Judge Cough­lan re­marked he was sat­is­fied John King jumped on the taxi driver’s car. He was also sat­is­fied the de­fen­dant was bring­ing a per­sonal in­juries fraud case against the in­sur­ance com­pany. The court heard King has a Sci­ence De­gree from UCD, and taught in var­i­ous schools in Dun­dalk. The judge im­posed an eight months sen­tence, sus­pended for eight months.

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