Two women failed to pay taxi bill over €100 after ‘family tragedy’

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Two drunk women who got out of a taxi without paying the €103 bill had been out drinking during the day following a family drama, a court heard.

Harlene McDonagh (27) and Nicole Marunowski (26) took a taxi from Naas in North County Dublin before exiting the vehicle at Main Street Swords without paying the fare.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity said gardaí received a report around 8:30 p.m. on January 21, 2022 about two women who fled a taxi without paying the fare.

An amount of €103.20 was due to the taxi driver.

The two women, who both have an address in Waterside View, Malahide, had traveled from Naas to Swords before leaving the taxi without paying.

When gardaí arrived at the scene, they were both found nearby in an inebriated state.

McDonagh was previously convicted of theft in 2019.

Marunowski has no prior convictions.

Defense barrister Fiona D’Arcy said she had €105 from the defendants to hand over to the taxi driver.

She said Charlene’s brother drowned the day of the incident and she went drinking with Marunowski, who is her cousin.

Ms D’Arcy said the women were so drunk they had no money to get home.

She said they were really sorry about what happened.

At the District Court hearing, Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that the €105 owed be paid to the taxi driver and fined the defendants €100.

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