Prospect man appears in court after Limerick taxi is hijacked

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A PROSPECT man has been remanded in custody morning after he appeared in court charged in connection with the hi-jacking of a taxi in the city at the weekend.

A PROSPECT man has been remanded in custody morning after he appeared in court charged in connection with the hi-jacking of a taxi in the city at the weekend.

Mark Ryan, 24, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect is accused of hijacking the taxi and robbing the taxi driver at Talbot Avenue, Prospect on the February 12 last.

Limerick District Court was told he was arrested last Saturday morning and that he was formally charged on Wednesday night.

He is accused of unlawfully interfering with the control of the taxi by forcing the driver drive to certain locations in Limerick city.

It is alleged that he held a gun to the head of the taxi driver for several hours during the incident.

The defendant is also charged with robbing a quantity of cash, three mobile phones and the taxi driver’s driving license on the same date.

At Limerick District Court, Garda Brian Culbert gave evidence of arresting Ryan at Lenihan Avenue Prospect last Saturday.

He told the court he made no reply when he was formally charged at Roxboro Garda Station in relation to the incident.

Judge Tom O’Donnell granted the defendant free-legal-aid and solicitor Sarah Ryan was assigned to represent Mr Ryan.

No bail application was made and Ms Ryan said she does not anticipate her client will seek bail during his next court appearance.

Judge O’Donnell remanded Mark Ryan in custody to appear before the same court again next Thursday.