A 46-year-old motorist kicked the wing mirror off a taxi because he believed the taxi driver had been trying to deliberately cause an accident on the road.
Frank White of Owenabue Drive, Carrigaline, who had no previous convictions for causing criminal damage, pleaded guilty to this charge yesterday at Cork District Court, and paid compensation to the taxi driver.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the amount of damage caused to the taxi was €470.
The defendant handed over that amount of compensation in court yesterday through his solicitor, Dennis Healy.
Sergeant Davis said that after midnight on January 18, 2019, the taxi was damaged after an earlier incident.
“When he parked on the South Mall, the defendant came over and kicked the wing mirror off his car,” said Sgt Davis.
“He then got back into his vehicle and left after kicking off the mirror.”
Sgt Davis told the court that the accused man made full admissions when questioned subsequently by gardaí.
Mr Healy, solicitor, said there was no excuse for the offence, but there was a background which might go some way towards explaining what occurred.
Mr Healy said Frank White was working that night, which required him to drive to a number of premises around Cork.
“About five times the taxi driver braked and slowed down suddenly in front of him,” the solicitor said.
“Mr White believed he was trying to cause a crash.”
Judge Kelleher imposed a €400 fine on the defendant for causing criminal damage.