Thursday 27 October 2016

Two men plead guilty to role in Post Office robbery

Greg Harkin

Published 28/04/2015 | 17:17

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

Two men from the North have pleaded guilty to their roles in the robbery of a Co Donegal post office using a Royal Mail van.

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Noel Lavy and David Knight, both 36, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with the robbery of Manorcunningham Post Office on October 14 last.

Judge Francis Comerford was told €2,920 was stolen in the raid and that force was used against post mistress Kathleen Diver.

The gang had stolen a Royal Mail van in Derry before driving across the Border and carrying out the raid on the An Post outlet.

Lavy, of 57 Ballymagowan, Derry pleaded guilty to robbery, causing criminal damage, the unlawful taking of a Royal Mail van, dangerous driving and driving without insurance on the day in question.

Knight, from 24 Melmore Gardens in Derry pleaded guilty to robbery, the production of a sledge-hammer, criminal damage and allowing himself to be carried in a mechanically-propelled vehicle.

Lavy's barrister Peter Nolan said his client was keen to have the issue dealt with as soon as possible.

However Knight suffered from issues of addiction he wanted a psychiatric report to be carried out before being sentenced.

Judge Francis Comerford agreed to put sentencing back until the next sitting of the court in July.

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