Assylum seeker in court for not paying taxi fare

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

An assylum seeker who refused to pay a taxi fare after he travelled from Killarney to Limerick earlier this month was given two weeks to pay the fare.

An assylum seeker who refused to pay a taxi fare after he travelled from Killarney to Limerick earlier this month was given two weeks to pay the fare.

Limerick Court was told the defendant had informed the taxi driver that his friends would pay him when he arrived in Limerick but that the €140 fare remains unpaid.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client, who previoulsy lived at an assylum centre in Limerick, “shouldn’t have done what he did” and he said he would attempt to raise the money in the coming weeks.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said the defendant had “shown very little regard for the law” and he adjourned the case until November 20, next to facilitate payment.

Separately, he sentenced the defendant to four weeks imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to stealing 14 cans of Budweiser from Tesco, Arthur’s Quay on January 27, last.