Sunday 11 December 2016

Three charged over alleged raid on cash van foiled by gardaí

Published 11/10/2016 | 02:30

Stefan Saunders of Hazelbury Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin at a special sitting of Trim Circuit Court, Meath. Photo: Collins
Stefan Saunders of Hazelbury Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin at a special sitting of Trim Circuit Court, Meath. Photo: Collins

Three men have been charged in relation to an alleged cash-in-transit van robbery that was foiled by gardaí in Co Meath on Friday.

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Stefan Saunders (39), of Hazel Park in Clonee, Co Dublin; Damien Noonan (30), of Rusheeny Court in Hartstown, Dublin; and Francis Murphy (37), of Drogheda Rd, Carranstown, Duleek, Co Meath, appeared at a special sitting of Trim District Court last night.

Francis Murphy of Drogheda Road, Carranstown, Duleek, Co. Louth at a special sitting of Trim Circuit Court, Meath.
Photo: Collins
Francis Murphy of Drogheda Road, Carranstown, Duleek, Co. Louth at a special sitting of Trim Circuit Court, Meath. Photo: Collins

Each of the men was charged before Judge Grainne Malone with possession of a Makarov 8mm handgun, with eight rounds of ammunition, with the intention of robbery at the Yeats Centre, Navan Road, Dunboyne, on October 7 contrary to Section 27B of the Firearm Act 1964.

They were also each charged with possession of a crowbar, a black rucksack containing cable ties, knife, torch bottle of bleach, a key for security shutters and Motorola walkie-talkies, with the intention that they be used in a robbery at the same location and date contrary to Section 15 of the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001.

Detective Garda Jonathan O'Leary gave evidence of charge and caution of Saunders at 12.39pm yesterday at Blanchardstown garda station.

An application was made for bail, which was objected to by the prosecution. However Judge Malone granted bail, seeking Stefan Saunders' own bond of €30,000 as well as two independent sureties of €50,000.

He was remanded to Cloverhill to appear again on Friday October 14. Francis Murphy and Damien Noonan also made bail applications but Judge Malone refused to grant bail.

Irish Independent

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