Force used against hurler's family in bank raid bid
A MAN changed his plea and admitted taking part in the attempted robbery of a bank which involved using force on Kilkenny hurling All-Ireland winner Adrian Ronan and his family.
Stephen Freeman, of Ballcurris gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempting to steal cash with others from Bank of Ireland Parliament Street, Kilkenny, on November 3, 2009.
He also admitted using force on Adrian and Mary Ronan and members of their family in order to frighten them.
On the opening day of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Freeman (27) changed his plea to guilty after having initially denied the charge. He will be sentenced on July 4.
Judge Desmond Hogan remanded him on continuing bail and ordered that victim impact reports be prepared on behalf of the Ronan family.