Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man pleads guilty to 'using force' on All Ireland champion and his family during attempted bank robbery

Declan Brennan, Fiona Ferguson and Jessica Magee

A Dublin man has admitted taking part in the attempted robbery of a bank in 2009 which involved using force on Kilkenny hurling All Ireland champion Adrian Ronan and his family

Stephen Freeman of Ballcurris gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 9, 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. Nolle prosequi were entered on the remaining counts.

He will be sentenced on July 4 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Desmond Hogan remanded him on continuing bail and ordered that victim impact reports be prepared on behalf of the Ronan family.

Irish Independent

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