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Traumatised taxi-driver awarded €19,000

A Cratloe businessman has been ordered to pay €19,000 to a 67-year-old taxi driver as a result of the trauma the taxi driver suffered when the businessman came at him with a hatchet in a row over a fare. At Ennis Circuit Civil Court, Judge Gerald Keys described the actions of company director John Moran as “completely over the top, unjustified and wrong” in brandishing the hatchet against John Moloney outside his Cratloe home on November 3, 2013. Judge Keys said Mr Moran “was in a state of rage, because he felt that he had been ripped off by Mr Moloney, and whether he was or not is irrelevant because it doesn’t justify someone having a row with a taxi-driver over a fare of €31 and producing a hatchet”. Judge Keys added: “To react and challenge someone with a hatchet is totally disproportionate.” Judge Keys also awarded costs against Mr Moran of The Island, Cratloe in the case. The court …

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