Thursday 12 December 2019

Carjacker threatened to taser family, court hears

Terenure Road North where the alleged incident occurred
Terenure Road North where the alleged incident occurred
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

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

Francis Gavigan (41) is alleged to have made the threat before forcing her to drive him to an ATM in south Dublin 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, on May 16.

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 for the purpose of charging him. He made no reply after caution at 7.45pm.


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 woman 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 multi-coloured 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 remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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