Father-of-three jailed over threats to kill taxi driver and rape his wife and children
A father of three who was charged with robbing a taxi driver and threatening to kill him was granted bail, allowing him to rob another man at knifepoint.
Ger Ward (40) was jailed for six years at Limerick Circuit Court. Ward, of Glenma, Croom, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to taxi driver Chinidu Orji in Limerick on January 25, 2013.
Ward also pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Orji of €50 in cab fares, and stealing two mobile phones. He also admitted possessing an iron bar during the robbery.
On the night, Ward asked the taxi driver to drive him home from Limerick city.
Mr Orji told gardaí Ward "seemed friendly" at first, but suddenly turned on him.
Ward told him he had a knife and demanded cash and that he would kill him if he looked at his face. Ward ordered him out of the car and told him he was going to rape his wife and kids, the court heard.
Ward held a knife to a man's stomach during an attempted robbery while he was on bail to the first offence.
Judge Tom O'Donnell jailed Ward for four years for robbing and threatening Mr Orji.
He imposed a consecutive three-year sentence for the attempted robbery charge, suspending the final 12 months, provided Ward not reoffend for the next six years.