Carjacker threatened to Taser woman
A TIPPERARY man who threatened to Taser a woman and take away her children during a terrifying car-jacking in south Dublin has been sentenced to five years in prison.
During the 30-minute ordeal, Francis Gavigan (41) sought to reassure the two children in the car and showed them a memorial card of his late mother.
He said he was a "bad apple" and hated doing this but he was desperate and couldn't rob banks any more.
Gardaí later used the memorial card to help identify Gavigan, with an address at Cahir Park Cottages, Ardfinnan Road, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
Gavigan pleaded guilty to the robbery and false imprisonment of Eleanor McCarthy on May 16, 2014 in the Dublin 6 area.
Passing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal court, Judge Martin Nolan said the three victims had feared the worst.
"It is hard to know what would go through a person's mind when a stranger jumps into your car and takes control of your life, with the added worry of what this man might do to the two children," he said.
However Judge Nolan said he was satisfied that Gavigan at no time intended to harm Mrs McCarthy or the children.
Garda Patrick Farrell said Gavigan jumped into the passenger side of Ms McCarthy's car and threatened her with something black, telling her to stop beeping the horn or he would Taser her.
Gavigan made Ms McCarthy drive to her home and got one of the children to get her wallet. She withdrew €600 from an ATM for Gavigan. After dropping him near the canal, she called her husband and gardaí.