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Saturday 26 July 2014

Man threatened to user taser gun on woman and take away her two children in alleged carjacking, court told

Andrew Phelan

Published 20/05/2014|12:07

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A MAN threatened to use a taser gun on a woman and take away her two children in an alleged car-jacking in south Dublin, a court has been told.

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Francis Gavigan (41) is alleged to have made the threat before forcing her to drive him to an ATM and withdraw €600.

The allegations were outlined during a bail hearing at Dublin District Court, after Mr Gavigan was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and robbery.

Judge Michael Walsh refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

Mr Gavigan, with an address at Cahir Park Cottages, Ardfinnan Road, Cahir, Co Tipperary,  is charged with falsely imprisoning a woman at Zion Road, Terenure at on May 16 last. He is further charged with robbing her at Terenure Road East on the same date.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Theft and Fraud Acts.

Garda Patrick Farrell of Terenure Garda Station said he arrested the defendant yesterday evening (Monday) for the purpose of charging him. He made no reply after caution at 7.45pm and was handed a copy of the charge sheets.

Gda Farrell objected to bail being granted, citing the nature and seriousness of the charges.

He said it was alleged that the accused approached a car occupied by a woman driver and two young children while it was stopped at traffic lights at 3.40pm.

The accused produced what he said was a taser gun and threatened to taser the female injured party and take away her children if she did not drive him to an ATM, Gda Farrell alleged.

She took him to an ATM in Rathgar and withdrew €600 which she gave him. She was then told to drive to Portobello, where he got out of the vehicle, the garda added.

The garda said evidence against the accused included clothing that was seized - a distinctive multicoloured scarf, garden gloves and runners.

There was also CCTV footage. Gda Farrell believed the accused would commit crime if released on bail.

Applying for bail, Defence Barrister Edward Doocey said Mr Gavigan was prepared to abide by any conditions to satisfy the court that he would appear on the next date and not be “a risk to the community.”

The defendant had been arrested at his home, which he shared with his partner. The address was near a garda station, Mr Doocey said.

Judge Walsh refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court this Thursday.

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