Sunday 26 January 2020

Two charged with vehicle theft after minibus stolen from airport with passengers onboard

John McDonagh. Picture; Gerry Mooney
John McDonagh. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Stephen McDonagh. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Two men have been charged with vehicle theft after a minibus was stolen from outside Dublin Airport with three passengers onboard.

It was then involved in a cross-Border chase involving gardaí and the PSNI.

The stolen minibus was eventually crashed in Co Monaghan before a car was stolen and chased by gardaí.

Stephen McDonagh (25) and John McDonagh (26), of The Steeples in Navan, Co Meath, appeared before Judge Denis McLoughlin at Cavan District Court yesterday on multiple charges arising from the airport incident and other incidents allegedly committed in recent weeks in Monaghan and Meath.

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Detective Garda Ciaran Marks, from Carrickmacross garda station, said John McDonagh made no reply when charged with two counts of unauthorised taking of vehicles in Dublin and Monaghan on January 8, as well as two counts of burglary, three of theft, an unauthorised taking of a vehicle, and four road traffic offences in recent weeks.

Detective Garda Karen Mullen said Stephen McDonagh made no response when charged with two counts of unauthorised taking of vehicles in Dublin and Monaghan on January 8, as well as one count of burglary, two counts of unauthorised takings of vehicles, and one theft in recent weeks.

John McDonagh wore a green jacket with a hood, and green trousers while being led to court.

Stephen McDonagh wore a dark grey zip-up fleece and navy blue tracksuit bottoms but then changed to light grey tracksuit bottoms.

Three tourists were driven away at high speed in a shuttle bus that was hijacked at Dublin Airport in the early hours of Wednesday.

Having offloaded the tourists, the minibus was involved in a pursuit to the Border, after which it engaged with the PSNI before being driven back to Monaghan and crashed during a Garda chase.

A car was then stolen nearby and involved in a pursuit with gardaí until it too crashed and the accused were arrested.

John McDonagh made an application for bail which was objected to by Detective Garda Marks.

He outlined the seriousness of the charges against McDonagh, and outlined how the accused can be seen on CCTV at the Carlton hotel and Dublin Airport on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Judge McLoughlin denied John McDonagh bail, and both men were remanded in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on January 16.

Irish Independent

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