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Temple barred Two tourists who attacked taxi driver during Dublin weekend break banned from Ireland

Judge Bryan Smyth suspended six month sentences on condition pair leave Ireland within 48 hours and do not return for two years

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Emil Radu (42), of Wulstan Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

Emil Radu (42), of Wulstan Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

Emil Radu (42), of Wulstan Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

Two tourists have been banned from coming to Ireland for two years over an “appalling” beating they gave a taxi driver.

UK-based Emil Radu (42) and Patru Vladislav (27) were on a weekend break to “explore Dublin” when they got drunk and attacked the cabbie, dragging him out of his car and kicking and punching him as he lay on the ground.

Judge Bryan Smyth suspended six month sentences at Dublin District Court, but only on condition that the pair leave Ireland within 48 hours and do not return for two years.

Radu of Wulstan Street, Kirkdale and Petru Vladislav, of Bispham House, Lace Street, both in Liverpool, both pleaded guilty to assault causing harm, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and public intoxication.

The court heard the incident happened at Ormond Quay Lower last Saturday, October 16.

Garda Sergeant Tony Flanagan said the victim had the two accused in his cab and pulled over to let them out because of their “unacceptable behaviour."

Radu pulled the taxi man from the driver’s seat and hit him multiple times with closed fists. He knocked him to the ground and the two accused kicked and punched the victim on the side of the road.

He was struck on the head and ribs while he was on the ground. The injuries were bruising to the ribs and head, and pain, but the victim did not get medical treatment.

After the incident, they became extremely abusive and aggressive towards the public and Vladislav was was in a “fighting stance” when gardai arrived.

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Petru Vladislav (27), of Bispham House, Lace Street, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

Petru Vladislav (27), of Bispham House, Lace Street, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

Petru Vladislav (27), of Bispham House, Lace Street, Liverpool, leaving Dublin District Court where he was charged with assault. PIC: Collins Courts

The accused were Romanian, and had come to the city on a ferry for the weekend to “explore Dublin” and do some sightseeing but “things got out of hand”, their solicitor Andrew Broderick said.

They had taken a lot of alcohol and they were getting a taxi back to their hotel when there was an altercation.

The accused could not really recall the incident but accepted the facts.

Vladislav had worked in construction in Liverpool but was currently unemployed.

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Radu, a father-of-two, had never been to Ireland before and had too much to drink, Mr Broderick said, adding that it was an unfortunate incident.

“Very unfortunate for the taxi driver,” the judge said. “He may not have suffered any long lasting injuries but it was a pretty disgraceful set of affairs,” Judge Smyth said.

It was “small consolation” to the victim that the accused put themselves into such a state on the night that they did not remember what happened, and it did not excuse it, the judge said.

“It’s an appalling set of facts,” he added.

The accused had money in court to offer as a token of remorse.

The judge said jail sentences were warranted but suspended them on payment of €1,000 each to the victim. Under conditions, they must leave Ireland within 48 hours and not return for two years.

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