Man refused bail in Dublin carjacking case

Tuesday 20 May 2014 18.27
The woman and two children were stopped at traffic lights when the incident occurred
The woman and two children were stopped at traffic lights when the incident occurred

A 41-year-old man, who allegedly threatened to taser a woman and take away her children during a carjacking incident last Friday, was refused bail today at Dublin District Court.

Francis Gavigan from Cahir Park Cottages, Ardfinnan Road, Cahir, Co Tipperary was charged with robbery and also accused of false imprisonment in Terenure on 16 May.

Garda Patrick Farrell told Judge Michael Walsh that Mr Gavigan was arrested yesterday and made no reply when the charges were put to him at Terenure Garda Station.

He objected to bail citing the seriousness of the alleged offence.

He said the woman had been in her car and stopped at traffic lights and she had two young children in the vehicle.

She was approached by the accused with what he said was a taser and was threatened with it if she did not bring him to an ATM.

Garda Farrell said the woman drove to Rathgar and was compelled to withdraw €600 from an ATM. She then drove on and left Mr Gavigan in the Portobello area.

The defence said Mr Gavigan would abide by bail conditions if he was released.

However, Judge Walsh refused bail and remanded Mr Gavigan in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

The judge heard directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions have to be obtained and legal aid was granted.