Court directs retrial of man jailed for seven years for €82k diamond rings robbery
The Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the conviction and directed the retrial of a man who was jailed for seven years for the robbery of a jewellers in which almost €82,000 worth of diamond rings were stolen.
Jamie Coughlan (34) will be sent forward for re-trial for the knife-point robbery of the rings at Briscoe-Conway Jewellers on Broad Street in Waterford City on July 7, 2011.
He was jailed for seven years by Judge Tom Teehan in November 2011 having been found guilty by a Waterford Circuit Criminal Court jury of the robbery of 48 diamond engagement and eternity rings worth €81,704 as well as €60 in cash.
He was also found guilty of producing a knife.
Coughlan, with a last address at Bridge Street in Waterford City, had denied the charges but had pleaded guilty to leaving Garda custody while being questioned after the robbery.
Counsel for the applicant, Mr Michael Delaney SC, had argued that inadmissible evidence purportedly linking the accused man to the crime was introduced at the trial.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly said the court found it would be very unsatisfactory to allow the evidence to stand and found it should have been excluded.
However, he said there remained two pieces of evidence on which the applicant could be tried and the decision of the appeal court was to allow the appeal and send the matter for retrial.
Mr Justice Fennelly remanded Coughlan in custody until tomorrow when the matter will be listed before Waterford Circuit Criminal Court.