Friday 20 October 2017

Killer held up post office while out on bail

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MAN who robbed a post office armed with a slash hook while he was on bail awaiting a retrial on charges of rape and manslaughter was jailed for four years yesterday.

Ian Horgan (26) terrified an elderly postmaster and his wife at Clondrohid post office, Co Cork, in 2005. The robbery earned him just €1,500.

Only a few months earlier, he had been released on bail, pending a retrial for the rape and unlawful killing of Rachel Kiely (22).

The beautician was raped and strangled by Horgan -- who was aged 16 at the time -- when she took the family dogs out for a walk in Ballincollig, Co Cork, in October 2000.

Horgan was originally convicted of her murder and rape but the Court of Criminal Appeal ordered a retrial.

He was then convicted of rape and the lesser charge of manslaughter. Horgan received a 12-year sentence.

Last night, the Kiely family declined to comment on Horgan's latest conviction. The family has only just moved back to Ireland from Germany.

Horgan, of The Hermitage, Macroom, Co Cork, pleaded guilty on Monday before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Clondrohid post office on September 6, 2005, just as the retrial was about to commence.

Judge Patrick Morgan was told by Det Garda Tom O'Sullivan that on September 6, 2005, Ted Healy (71) and his wife, Mary (74) -- who is now deceased -- were confronted by a man in their kitchen.

The raider had his face covered by a gauze hood and was armed with a slash hook.

Det Garda O'Sullivan said: "He held it (the slash hook) up. He (Horgan) said, 'Sit down -- all I want is your f***ing money.' Mr Healy said, 'Please don't rough us up.' Mary Healy said she was in fear of her life."

Escaped

The Healys' son, Connie, was brought into the kitchen and locked in with his parents after he had opened the safe. But unknown to Horgan, there was a second exit door from the kitchen and the family escaped and raised the alarm.

Horgan took €1,500 in cash from the safe, as well as Lotto cards. He fled in the Healys' Renault car, which had the keys in the ignition.

Defence counsel, Tim O'Leary said Horgan had spent all bar nine months of the past decade in prison. Horgan has been in custody since he was 17, except for those nine months.

Judge Moran imposed a four-year prison sentence, which must be served after he has completed his rape and manslaughter sentences.

Irish Independent

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