Two appear in court following Limerick hijacking

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

TWO young men have appeared in court charged in connection with the hijacking of a taxi in Limerick city at the weekend.

TWO young men have appeared in court charged in connection with the hijacking of a taxi in Limerick city at the weekend.

Aaron Moloney, aged 19, with an address at McGarry House, Alphonsus Street and Hugh Kavanagh, aged 18, of Shannonmore Park, Clareview are both charged with unlawfully seizing a vehicle on Saturday night.

It is alleged a taxi driver was asked to drive from the Dooradoyle area of the city to Cratloe Woods by two young men before he was threatened at knife point and forced to drive back to the city.

The defendants are alleged to have stolen the taxi after ordering the driver to get out of the vehicle.

At Limerick Court, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told both men were arrested this morning by gardai investigating the incident.

Det Garda Pat Whelan said Moloney replied “is that the only charge” when he was charged at Roxboro Road garda station. Det Garda Padraic O’Dwyer said Kavanagh replied “I accept these charges”.

Neither of the defendants applied for bail and both were remanded in custody until tomorrow morning.