'Nastiness' to taxi fare evasion offence in County Antrim

'Nastiness' to taxi fare evasion offence in County Antrim

A JUDGE said there was a "nastiness" to an incident when an Antrim town man fled a taxi without paying a £54 fare.

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne was speaking at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, where Robert Cummings (42), of Firmount Drive, was fined £100 for making off without paying in October, 2019.

A prosecutor said a taxi collected the defendant at his home and then had gone to Belfast - where there were a couple of stops - and back to his address where he exited the vehicle and "ran into the property and made no payment".

Defence barrister Neil Moore said £60 compensation had been handed in.

He said the offence was always going to be detected since Cummings was collected and left back to his home address.

The court heard the defendant had 74 previous convictions including thefts and "armed robberies" but there had been a gap since 2016 and nothing since 2019 and Mr Moore said perhaps Cummings is "mending his ways".

Judge Browne said: "It was  a mean offence. Somebody doing their job is entitled to be paid. There is a nastiness to it".