Wednesday, January 09, 2019

A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been charged and remanded in custody following a dramatic carjacking incident in Carlow town on New Year’s Day.

At approximately 12.50pm, two males who claimed they had a gun threatened a motorist in his 60s before stealing his vehicle at Tullow Road, Carlow, then speeding out of town in the direction of Tullow. The culprits lost control of the stolen car about six miles out of Carlow town, spectacularly crashing the Peugeot 307 at Grangeford, leaving it overturned on top of a high embankment before fleeing across the fields.

A two-hour search of the area by a large number of gardaí, including the garda dog unit, resulted in the detection of one of the males, who was hiding in a ditch at Grangeford.

Last Thursday, the man was charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle on 1 January last and brought before Carlow District Court. Gardaí strongly objected to bail and the defendant was remanded in custody to appear before this Wednesday’s sitting of the local court.

The lone occupant of the blue 03-registered Peugeot 307 was parked at Carraig Rua, Tullow Road, Carlow when he was suddenly approached by two males, who opened the driver’s door and ordered him out of the vehicle, threatening that they had a gun.

The males left at speed in the stolen car in the direction of Tullow. The victim immediately contacted the gardaí and a number of garda units responded.

“A community text alert was sent out soon after the incident and we had a number of replies of sightings of the culprits,” a garda spokesperson told The Nationalist.

“This information greatly aided the gardaí in our apprehension of the culprits,” he said.

The apprehended male was detained and questioned at length at Carlow Garda Station before being brought before Carlow District Court last Thursday.

Gardaí have carried out a full technical examination of the vehicle and are appealing for information in relation to all aspects of the case. The garda spokesperson indicated that they are “actively investigating” the detection of the other culprit.

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By Suzanne Pender
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