Taxi to Ballyragget to slash tyres

A MOTHER-of-three appeared in Castlecomer District Court accused of taking a taxi from Carlow to Ballyragget in order to slash the tyres of a tri-cycle motorbike.

A MOTHER-of-three appeared in Castlecomer District Court accused of taking a taxi from Carlow to Ballyragget in order to slash the tyres of a tri-cycle motorbike.

Patricia Clifford with an address at 7 Old Callan Road, Kilkenny admitted to gardai under questioning that she had travelled to Kilkenny in order to slash the tyres of the motorcycle.

Defence solicitor for Ms Clifford, Joseph Farrell said that the act was very poorly thought out and had left the defendant not only in court but also substantially out of pocket for the taxi from Carlow to Ballyragget.

Mr Farrell said that Ms Clifford, who has 13 previous convictions, had moved to Carlow to remove herself from a circle of people who were a bad influence. Since moving to Carlow she had not come to the attention of gardai.

The alleged criminal damage occurred after Ms Clifford was apprehended by the injured party, the owner of the tri-cycle motorbike, who had told her that he was owed money by Ms Clifford’s son.

Mr Farrell said that, fearing for her son, Ms Clifford took a taxi from Carlow to Ballyragget on the November 24, 2010 and slashed two out of three of the tires on the tri-cycle motorbike which was parked on Castle street, Ballyragget.

The value of the property damaged was put at €700.

This figure was disputed by the defence. Mr Farrell said that he had recently replaced two white wall motorcycle tyres for substantially less. Judge Anderson put back sentencing to allow Mr Farrell collect a range of quotes for repairing the damage.