Thursday 19 April 2018

Man accused of threatening to kill post office clerk if she did 'not fill the bag with money'

Rush Post Office. Picture: Google Maps
Rush Post Office. Picture: Google Maps

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin man has been accused going to a post office counter and passing a note to the clerk threatening to kill her if she did not “fill the bag with money."

Michael Kelly (55), who is charged with robbery, is alleged to have left the premises after staff refused to hand over any cash and activated the alarm.

He is facing trial on the charge and the case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The robbery is alleged to have happened at Rush Post Office, Main Street, Rush on September 29, 2016.

The DPP had directed summary trial of the case at district court level.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith gave Judge Michael Walsh a summary of the allegations so he could consider jurisdiction.

She said it was alleged that Mr Kelly, with an address at Sandy Lane Lodge, Rush, entered the post office on the day in question and joined the queue, before speaking to the person behind the counter.

He made some excuse and left but returned and handed a note to the person behind the counter, Sgt Smith alleged.

The note said “Fill the bag with money or I will kill you,” and also warned her not to call the gardai, the court heard.

The court heard the worker refused and the panic alarm was pressed. The accused then left the post office, the prosecution maintained.

No violence was used in the alleged robbery, Sgt Smith said.

Judge Walsh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level. This means it will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

The defendant, wearing a grey blazer and slacks and pink open-necked shirt, did not speak during the proceedings.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date in November. He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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