A taxi driver facing penalty yesterday, on a charge of punching a young woman on the nose in the height of a row about a fare, continued to deny the offence and indicated he would appeal a conviction.
Oba Olatoye Aladunjoye of Belmont Court, Rochestown, Cork, pleaded not guilty at Cork District Court to a charge of assault. Judge Olann Kelleher had heard the contested case previously and said he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt the teenager was assaulted.
The judge had found the facts proved but, at the time, did not record a conviction. The judge had accepted the accused was under extreme provocation from another man, present that night. He had suggested to solicitor Joseph Cuddigan, previously, the defendant should consider gathering some money as a gesture of compensation.
However, yesterday, Mr Cuddigan said the taxi driver had not brought any such offer of compensation. Instead, he said, the accused wished to appeal the case to Cork Circuit Court.
Judge Kelleher proceeded to convict and fine the defendant €300.