Search

30 Nov 2021

Man arrested after Laois hijack and robbery still in hospital

A man detained following a hijacking and robbery in Mountrath remains hospitalised after the incident.

Gardaí in Portlaoise said a man detained is understood to be still at the Midlands Region Hospital Tullamore on Sunday following the suspected armed robbery and hijacking in Laois in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gardaí in Portlaoise reported that a masked man entered the Emo Filling Station in Mountrath at 12.25am on Saturdy morning. A firearm was reportedly brandished.

A quantity of cash was taken before the raider made his escape. However, it is understood that he crashed while in his getaway car but another vehicle was hijacked. However this also subsequently also crashed.

It's reported that the man crashed the car at 12.35am outside a house at Derrykearn, near Abbeyleix. When the occupants of the house went to investigate, a shot was reportedly fired. A car was taken belonging to the householders.

A car was later discovered crashed into a tree around 1.5km from the Derrykearn scene. A suspect aged his 30s, was arrested and a firearm was discovered nearby after a search of the area by gardaí. 

It is reported that a was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore for treatment to serious injuries believed to have been sustained in the crash.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.