Tuesday 20 February 2018

Businessman charged with series of armed robberies of petrol stations and homes across mid west

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo
John Carroll who appeared in the Limerick District Court on robbery charges this Thursday

David Raleigh

A Limerick businessman has been charged with armed robbery and burglary at several filling stations and homes in the mid west region.

Married father of two, John Carroll (49), of Clonshire, Adare, Co Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court this afternoon charged with seven counts of robbery, attempted robbery, and burglary.

Detective Garda Jerry O'Sullivan gave evidence of charging Mr Carroll, who is understood to have previously owned a flooring business, with possession of a rifle and attempted robbery at Gala filling station, Larkin's Cross, Co Clare last Monday night, October 12th.

He also charged Mr Carroll with robbery of cash from Applegreen filling station, at Coolnanoonan, Rathkeale, on October 2nd last.

Detective O'Sullivan said Mr Carroll replied to each charge: "I'll have to consult my solicitor."

Garda Tom Keane, Adare Garda station, told the court he charged Mr Carroll with burglary at homes at Graigue, Adare, between September 30th and October 7th last, and at Desmond Drive, Adare, between the 4th and 8th of October last.

The court heard Mr Carroll replied to the burglary charges: "F**k them".

Garda Mick Dunne, Roxboro Road Garda station, gave evidence of charging Mr Carroll with robbery at Topaz, Childers Road, Limerick, on October 4th last, and with attempted robbery at Applegreen, Coonagh, Co Limerick, on October 5th last.

Mr Carroll made no reply to the two charges.

Solicitor John Herbert said Mr Carroll, who appeared in court in dark jeans and a black hoody top, was on prescribed medication and requested that all necessary medical care be provided to him while in custody.

Judge Marian O'Leary remanded Mr Carroll in custody to appear before Limerick District Court on October 20th to set a date for a bail application, and ordered that he receive all necessary medical care while in custody

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