AN Englishman who was arrested in the city centre during the early hours of New Year’s Day after he refused to pay a taxi fare avoided a criminal conviction after he paid €80 to the court poor box, writes David Hurley.
Limerick District Court was told 40-year-old Karl Grayston was arrested after a taxi driver called to Henry Street garda station at around 2.30am on January 1 to make complaint.
Sergeant John Moloney said the defendant was urinating against the outside wall of Henry Street garda station when arrested and that he later refused to give his personal details to gardai.
Solicitor John Herbert said his client, who is in receipt of disability allowance in the UK, was staying with relatives in the Dooradoyle area over the festive season and had become agitated over what he believed was a significant surcharge on his taxi fare.
He said Mr Grayston, who returned to England on Monday afternoon, has since paid the €38 fare and that he had produced documentation to gardai confirming his identity.
“He was a very different man when he sobered up,” said Mr Herbert who described the incident as “most unfortunate”.
Judge Marian O’Leary struck out the case, leaving Mr Grayston without a conviction, after she was informed he had paid €80 to the court poor box.