Assaulted taxi driver with baton
An 18 year old man who assaulted a taxi driver with a baton avoided Christmas behind bars.
Michael Clancy from 1 John Paul Park in Murrintown was brought to Wexford District Court recently under prison escort.
He had spent two weeks on remand in Cloverhill after breaching the terms of his bail.
Charges of threatening/abusive behaviour, theft, burglary and possession of an offensive weapon were all on the court list.
Judge Gerard Haughton heard how the teenager persuaded taxi driver Denis Leacy to take him to Murrintown from Redmond Square on November 16.
The understanding that the defendant's mother would pay but on arrival, the defendant produced the baton.
As well as hitting the driver, he also struck the car, hard enough to chip the paintwork of the vehicle.
The defendant, who pleaded guilty to all matters, had no previous convictions but had 13 charges pending.
The list included counts of threatening/abusive behaviour, burglary and theft.
In court, solicitor Jimmy Murphy belatedly produced the €18 fare due to Denis Leacy.
Mr Murphy suggested that the four weeks on remand in Dublin had proven to be a very hard lesson.
Clancy had seen the light and was determined not to re-offend, said his solicitor.
An application for bail was made, in order that the young man could make an appointment to see his family doctor.
Judge Haughton allowed bail and remanded him to come back to court on February 16.
The accused signed a bond agreeing to obey a curfew and sign on daily at the garda station in Wexford.
It was a further condition of his liberty that he must stay away from all branches of Aldi, from White's Hotel and from Denis Cloney's shop in Curracloe - all businesses which suffered at the hands of Michael Clancy during the year.