Sunday 25 June 2017

Two charged in connection with robbery of Waterville Post Office

Brian O’Sullivan at Killarney District Court
Brian O’Sullivan at Killarney District Court

Breda Joy

Two Killarney men, one described as a "chronic drug addict", were refused bail on Saturday evening when they appeared before a special court sitting in Killarney on four charges arising out of the robbery of Waterville Post Office.

Two Killarney men, one described as a "chronic drug addict", were refused bail on Saturday evening when they appeared before a special court sitting in Killarney on four charges arising out of the robbery of Waterville Post Office.

Marcus O’Rourke arriving at the court flanked by gardaí.
Marcus O’Rourke arriving at the court flanked by gardaí.

Marcus O'Rourke (46), Rathanane, Kilcummin, and Brian O'Sullivan (32), Coolies, Muckross, were both remanded by Judge James O'Connor to appear at Tralee District Court next Thursday at 11am.

Leaving the court shortly after 7.40pm, one of the defendants shouted: "We're both f***king innocent men."

Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy told the court he was opposing bail. Defence solicitor Nuala Liston said they were not looking for bail at that hearing. 

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The accused are both charged with ramming a blue Mazda into an unmarked Garda car occupied by Garda Christopher Manton and Garda Celine Ryle at Kill, Kilgobnet, Co Kerry, on August 3, and of having a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit a robbery at Waterville Post Office on the same date.

They are also charged with robbing Lisa O'Reilly Foran of cash to the value of €5,000 at Waterville Post Office and damaging a Hyundai car, property of the Garda Chief Superintendent at Tralee.

Sergeant John Kelly told the court that O'Rourke had 43 previous convictions, a number of which were committed while on bail, and that a number of them were for serious crimes.

Sergeant Eoin R Donovan told the court O'Sullivan had 50 previous convictions. Sgt Donovan added that he had a "bad warrant history".

Defence solicitor Ms Liston was granted free legal aid for both defendants.

Irish Independent

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