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Friday 29 August 2014

Career criminal held for armed post office raid

Ken Foy

Published 24/04/2014 | 12:21

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A NOTORIOUS and volatile criminal has been arrested by gardai investigating the armed robbery of a post office last week.

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The 45-year-old was picked up yesterday morning when armed officers carried out searches in the Raheny area of the capital and last night he was still being detained at Trim garda station.

He is being questioned about the robbery which occurred at Enfield post office in Co Meath at around 10.30am last Thursday. Two armed and masked men demanded cash and got away with a substantial amount of money.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident. Last Friday, a 19-year-old Crumlin man was arrested in Dublin and yesterday's arrest is the    second in the case.

The Herald can reveal that the veteran criminal arrested yesterday morning is already on bail in relation to an extremely serious offence in north Dublin in which a garda was lucky not to be killed.

He is a career criminal who has served a number of lengthy jail sentences and was one of the first people ever to be convicted of a so-called tiger kidnapping in Ireland.

The crook has spent most of his adult life in jail and picked up his first criminal conviction when he was aged just 10 for stealing a car.

But he also has convictions for manslaughter, larceny,       robbery, car theft and escaping from lawful custody.

A source told the Herald: “It makes a joke of our bail laws that this fella is not in prison.

“He has been causing mayhem since his release from custody and has hooked up with much younger criminals.

“He is an absolutely reckless criminal and the scary thing about him is that he has access to a large amount of firearms. Gardai are confident of charging him in this case and the hope will be that he is kept in custody.”

Originally from Coolock, the gun thug is feared by other criminals because of his extremely volatile and violent personality, sources say.

The longest sentence he received was for a tarrying incident in which over IR£7,000 (€8,888) was stolen from a north Dublin businessman.

During the robbery, a gun was held to the businessman's head while the raiders demanded keys to his business.

The criminal and his accomplice were armed with a firearm each and one also carried a long-bladed knife.

He was ultimately snared by DNA evidence and was later convicted of a separate armed robbery in Co Galway.

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