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Thursday 8 December 2016

Sat nav robber told taxi man he was carrying gun

Karl Fogarty
Karl Fogarty

A FATHER-of-two tried to rob a taxi driver by grabbing the steering wheel and telling him he had a gun, a court heard.

Karl Fogarty (27) had taken Valium and alcohol when the incident happened.

The driver took the keys from his car and then chased after Fogarty when he stole his sat nav and charger.

Fogarty, of Corduff Close, Corduff, pleaded guilty to robbing the taxi driver at Blackcourt Road, Corduff, on March 17 last year.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for a community service report, recommending 180 hours instead of a 10-month sentence if Fogarty is found suitable.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were told by a witness that two men had run past towards Corduff Gardens.

The witness saw the two struggling in a laneway and pulled them apart - they were the taxi driver and the accused.

Fogarty was highly intoxicated and was arrested.

The driver said he had picked the defendant up in Phibsboro. On the way, Fogarty grabbed the steering wheel and, when the driver stopped, he said he had a gun and that the driver was to get out, the court heard.

The driver took the keys and ran from the car, then chased the defendant when he took his property. Both items were recovered. There was no suggestion Fogarty had a gun.

There were some gaps in Fogarty's recollection of the night, his barrister Edel Gilligan said. He had struggled with addiction but was now clean.

"He cannot apologise enough," Ms Gilligan said of the offence.

The accused had a six-year-old daughter and a baby who had been born prematurely.

Fogarty was now back in education.

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