A Monasterevin man who failed to pay a taxi fare from Dublin has been given until June 5 to pay just over €100.
Michael Lawless, Apt 47 Bell Harbour, Monasterevin, was charged with the non payment of a fare on a public service vehicle, at Fitzpatricks, Dublin Road, Monasterevin, on October 16 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Lawless engaged a taxi to take him from the O2 concert hall in Dublin to Newbridge. He was told that it would be a large fare and was asked for a €50 deposit, but the driver initially accepted a €20 deposit. Lawless stopped at an ATM but there were no funds in his account, and he then informed the driver he wanted to go to Monasterevin instead of Newbridge. The taxi driver began to doubt Lawless’ story and feared he would not be paid, and so he brought Lawless to the garda station.
The unpaid fare was €102.
Judge Catherine Staines noted that Lawless did not have any compensation saved, even though he had six months to save and had known the exact amount.
The matter was put back to June 5 for Lawless to have €102.