Taxi thief caught after car ran out of petrol

A young Wicklow father and his accomplice, who had robbed a taxi driver, were caught after they drove off in his car and ran out of petrol.

Taxi thief caught after car ran out of petrol

Dylan Keegan Duignan, aged 21, was one of two men who held up the Dublin driver, after he had taken them from O’Connell St to St Margaret’s Park halting site, in Ballymun.

Duignan, from The Green Meadow Vale, Arklow, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of 62-year-old Leslie Leady on October 14, 2014.

The men were caught later that day, when gardaí spotted the car parked unusually. The car’s tank had run empty and the robbers had gone to the nearest petrol station. They were arrested when they returned with the can of petrol.

Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Duignan to two years’ imprisonment. He is already serving an 11-month jail term for a robbery committed on July 10, 2012.

Garda Colum McElligott said Mr Leady had been driving a taxi for two decades and had begun his shift that morning. At 2.30pm, he picked up Duignan and another man.

When they got to the destination, the fare was €15. Duignan said he had to get out to get the money. The other man then reached around the back of the driver’s seat and put his arm around the driver’s neck.

He put a sharp object to the man’s neck and told him: “Give me your money or I’ll slice your throat”.

Mr Leady was ordered out of the car and had to hand over his mobile phone, while Duignan took the car keys. A man from the halting site saw the victim and came to help him and they rang the gardaí.

The court heard Duignan comes from a good family and that he was intoxicated on alcohol and tablets on the night.

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