Former GAA player guilty in taxi driver kidnapping case
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Former GAA player guilty in taxi driver kidnapping case

A FORMER GAA player is one of two men who have been found guilty of kidnapping, robbing and threatening to kill a taxi driver.

Robert Edward Tasker, a former GAA player with Armagh, and Antion Eugene James McCooey will be sentenced on June 18.

On November 29, 2016, the pair – who live at separate addresses in St Patrick’s Park, Cullyhanna, Co. Armagh – got a booked taxi from a Chinese restaurant in Dundalk, Co. Louth.

During the journey, Tasker, 26, put a knife to the driver’s neck while McCooey, 25, threatened him with a screwdriver and demanded money.

The driver gave them €120 before they eventually got out near Cullyhanna.

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During the trial, the driver claimed the passengers threatened to rape and murder him and he thought he was going to die.

Tasker and McCooey were today convicted by a majority verdict on each of the charges.

They have been remanded in custody until sentencing.