Monday 5 December 2016

Garda was 'stabbed in robbery'

Andrew Phelan

Published 24/06/2016 | 02:30

The offence is alleged to have happened at Esso On The Run Service Station, Naas Road, Rathcoole, on June 22 last. (stock photo)
The offence is alleged to have happened at Esso On The Run Service Station, Naas Road, Rathcoole, on June 22 last. (stock photo)

An off-duty garda was stabbed in the arm as he tackled a suspect in a knifepoint robbery at a Dublin service station, a court has been told.

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The officer was injured when he and an off-duty garda sergeant intervened in the alleged robbery, during which a cash till was stolen and staff threatened.

Two men, Anthony Gaffney (46) and Robert Patchell (36), appeared in court charged in connection with the incident.

Judge David McHugh granted bail to Mr Patchell but refused bail to Mr Gaffney and remanded him in custody.

Mr Gaffney, an unemployed father-of-three from Mac Uilliam Parade, Tallaght, and Mr Patchell, a mechanic and father-of-two from Corbally Court, Naas, Co Kildare, are charged with robbery.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Esso On The Run Service Station, Naas Road, Rathcoole, on June 22 last.

Blanchardstown District Court heard further serious charges could be brought.

Objecting to bail, Garda Paul Maxwell said it was alleged two men entered the service station brandishing knives.

Garda Sergeant Wendy Byrne and Garda Stephen Byrne were off duty, saw what happened and intervened.

Garda Byrne was restraining one raider when he was stabbed in the arm.

A man threatened Sgt Byrne with a knife and escaped.

The defence barrister said the accused enjoyed a presumption of innocence.

Garda Goretti Lynch said it was alleged two men entered the service station with their faces covered.

They had been transported there in a Nissan Almera with false registration plates, she said.

Irish Independent

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