Some Fucking Actor, Carrying a Chain, and Attacks a Innocent Taxi Driver, Macbeth My Ass?

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Actor on drugs attacked taxi driver with chain that had been part of his Macbeth costume

Central Criminal Court

Central Criminal Court

November 02 2022 05:51 PM UP DATED BY FRED BASSETT


An actor was on drugs and alcohol when he attacked a taxi driver with a bike chain which had been part of his Macbeth outfit, a court has heard.

James Walsh (38) of Burnell Park Green, Carpenterstown, Dublin damaged the victim’s car by repeatedly striking the vehicle with the chain. He then tried to strike the victim with the chain.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage at Arran Quay, Dublin city centre on September 29, 2018.

Sinéad McMullan BL, prosecuting, told the court that the victim, Ian Sweeney, had been sitting in his taxi on the night when a man on the footpath began screaming “I want a f***ing taxi,” at him.

The victim had the car window down and told the man, who was the defendant, that he was sorry but he was on his way to pick someone up.

Walsh screamed at him “I don’t care,” and then took out what looked like an unused silver bicycle chain and began lashing the car with it.

 Walsh had a seizure while gardaí were dealing with him. He was brought to hospital where a CT scan revealed some abnormalities on his brain.

He later told gardaí: “If I did anything that night that was out of normal, I have no memory.”

The victim told the court that he felt very afraid while under attack in a confined space and that nobody had come to help him. He said that no-one should come under attack while trying to earn a living and that he still relives the attack to this day.

Mr Moran said his client is a trained actor who was involved in a production of Macbeth on the night and was wearing the chain as a key holster as part of his costume.

He said his client, who now works as a chef, hasn’t drunk in the city centre since that night. He said that his previous convictions, for possession of a pellet gun and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm, date back to when he was 18.

Judge Martin Nolan said that it was a serious offence but that he didn’t think Walsh deserved to go to prison. He suspended a 20-month prison term on condition that Walsh collect €4,000 in the next six months, to be offered to the victim.

He said this was part of the punishment and that if the victim did not wish to take the money, the garda should give it to a local charity.

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