Monday 19 February 2018

Security guard further remanded over €22k robbery at Hodges Figgis store

Tom Tuite

A 49-YEAR-OLD security guard charged over a €22,000 robbery at the Hodges Figgis book store on Dublin's Dawson Street, has been further remanded in custody.

A female staff member had been tied up while she was closing up the shop on the evening of March 23 last and a sum of money was taken.

Last month, the shop's former security guard, Paul Ryan, who is currently of no fixed abode, appeared at Dublin District Court charged with robbery of €22,000 in connection with the incident.

Judge Michael Walsh had remanded him in custody saying Mr Ryan needed show he would be able to stay in a hostel and a sum of money would have to be lodged before bail could be granted.

Directions from the DPP need to be obtained to determine if the case should be heard at district court level or go forward to the Circuit Court which can impose lengthier sentences. Garda Paul Burke told Judge Walsh yesterday (WED) that he will have the DPP's directions in six weeks.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said his client would only consent to a two week adjournment.

Judge Walsh further remanded him in custody to appear again at the same court on June 4 next.

Earlier, the court had been told that Mr Ryan had handed himself in to gardai at Pearse St station in Dublin city-centre after he had the previous month sleeping rough or staying in hostels.

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