Man caused damage to a passing taxi
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.