A bank robber faces the activation of an eight year suspended sentence relating to a raid nine years ago, after he admitted taking part in another serious offence since.
In 2008 he was given an eight year suspended sentence by Judge Desmond Hogan after the court heard he had repaid the stolen €10,000 using the money from a personal injury settlement.
Freeman was one of three men who robbed the bank. His accomplices threatened staff with guns while Freeman was armed with a sledgehammer which he used to break security glass.
During the sentencing hearing in 2008 Judge Hogan said that in suspending the sentence, he was taking into account the “unique” nature of the case such as the “high level of contrition with a practical form”, the “practical and sustained help to gardai” and that gardai believed Freeman was unlikely to become involved in this type of offence again.
The court heard Freeman had made admissions to gardai including telling them where they could find the firearms used in the raid.
However Freeman now faces the full term being imposed after he pleaded guilty during a trial to a burglary in Carrick on Suir in Tipperary in 2009. The trial heard that a family of four were tied up during the break-in before the raiders escaped with 40 firearms and a car.
After pleading guilty in the burglary trial last February, Freeman changed his mind and sought to revert to his plea of not guilty.
Judge Gerard Griffin refused and Freeman has now appealed this decision to the High Court.
Freeman was before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today to have his eight year robbery sentence activated as result of the burglary conviction.
Defence counsel Pieter Le Vert BL asked Judge Hogan to adjourn reactivation pending the High Court’s decision on whether to allow Freeman change his plea back to not guilty in the Tipperary matter.
Counsel said the case is due to appear before the High Court sometime this month.
Judge Hogan agreed to delay reactivation of the sentence until their decision. He remanded Freeman in custody for hearing on November 29 next.