Tuesday 25 October 2016

Jobless man charged with armed robbery at south Dublin post office

Andrew Phelan

Published 04/05/2016 | 18:32

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A jobless man has been charged with an armed robbery at a south Dublin post office during which several gunshots were allegedly fired.

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Glen Kavanagh (40) was granted bail after he appeared in court today on charges following the incident last January.

Judge Timothy Lucey remanded him in custody until he is able to take up bail.

Kavanagh, with an address at Oriel Street, Upper North Wall, is facing four charges arising from the alleged incident on January 19 last.

According to gardai, a number of shots were fired during the alleged robbery at the post office at Woodbine Park, Blackrock.

Mr Kavanagh is charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a Makarov 9mm pistol and ammunition and discharging a firearm, recklessly endangering life.

Sgt Trevor Hayes told Dublin District Court he arrested the accused today outside his partner’s address, where gardai “knew where to find him.”

He was brought to Donnybrook Garda Station and made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheets.

The arrest followed an investigation by the Donnybrook Detective Unit.

Sgt Hayes objected to bail being granted on grounds including the seriousness of the allegations.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Jenny McGeever said the defendant was unemployed and “not a man with a drug addiction history.”

The court heard a doctor was called for him while he was being detained at the garda station but this was only because “a burger he was given disagreed with him.”

He was prepared to abide by conditions if granted bail.

Sgt Hayes said if the accused were granted bail, gardai were seeking an independent cash surety of €10,000.

The defendant in evidence gave a sworn undertaking to turn up in court, abide by all conditions and get a mobile phone for contact with the gardai.

Judge Lucey said he believed €10,000 was tooo much.

He set bail in the accused’s own bond of €250, with no cash required. He must also have €5,000 independent surety and either half or all of this can be in cash.

He must sign on daily at Store Street Garda Station, surrender his passport and not apply for any other travel documents.

Mr Kavanagh was remanded in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court next week.

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