Limerick man to be sentenced for hijacking taxi

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A PROSPECT man who threatened to shoot a taxi driver and forced him to drive around for more than two hours is due be sentenced later today.

A PROSPECT man who threatened to shoot a taxi driver and forced him to drive around for more than two hours is due be sentenced later today.

Mark Ryan, 24, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect pleaded guilty to robbing cash, mobile phones and a drivers licence from the taxi driver in the early hours of February 2, last.

Detective Garda Brian O’Connor said the ordeal began when the taxi-driver picked up Ryan in the Edward Street area of the city at around 2.30am.

He said when the taxi driver asked Ryan to pay the fare up-front he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at his face.

He then threatened the man and demanded that he hand over his cash, which included €90 in coins and €70 in notes

Det Garda O’Connor said the driver believed he was going to die and that he had been extremely traumatised by the incident.

Mark Ryan will be sentenced at Limerick Circuit Court this morning.