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Brothers face jail over botched raid on security van

A JUDGE has told two brothers who plotted to steal from a security van that they are sure to be jailed next month

Alan Bradley (38) of Churchfields, Kentstown, Co Meath, and Wayne Bradley (33), of Ratoath Road, Finglas, Dublin, admitted conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on November 2, 2007 at Tesco, Celbridge Co Kildare.

The men carried out the raid under the direction of the late Eamonn Dunne who was also arrested at the scene. Three other men have already been sentenced for their roles including a Chubb Ireland employee who acted as an "inside man".

Conspiracy

Gardai were watching the gang beforehand and arrested them before any money was taken. The van contained over €880,000 at the time.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Tony Hunt remanded the brothers in custody until April, telling them that the 10-year maximum sentence for the offence is inadequate but that this was not a matter for him.

"It was a conspiracy that was within minutes of fruition," Judge Hunt said, adding that if the men had taken a trial date he would have imposed close to the maximum sentence.

After hearing that one of the other raiders, Jeffery Morrow, was jailed for 12 months for the offence, in addition to five years for other crimes, the judge said Morrow was lucky he hadn't appeared before him. Detective Garda Ronan Casey told the court Alan Bradley was second in command to Dunne, while Wayne Bradley did not participate in the planning of the operation.

Patrick Marrinan, defending Alan Bradley, said his client wanted to put his criminality behind him and move abroad. Aileen Donnelly, defending Wayne Bradley, said he attended a "high support special school" and has a borderline IQ.

Irish Independent