Thursday 14 December 2017

Two men charged with stealing €95k during post office tiger raid

Tom Tuite

Two men have been remanded in custody after they were charged with stealing €95,000 during a post office tiger raid in Dublin.

A post-mistress along with her daughter and another woman were held at her home in Malahide in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2014 before the money was taken from her workplace.

Paschal Kelly, 51, from Cormeen, Castlerahan, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan and Patrick Carroll, with an address at Forest Way, Swords, Dublin did not apply for bail after they were charged on Friday morning.

They are accused of false imprisonment of the post-mistress, her daughter and another young woman, burglary, and theft of a car at Seabury Drive, Malahide, Dublin on Sept. 25, 2014. They are also charged with robbery at Bayside Post Office and threatening to kill on the same date, and were brought before Dublin District Court.

Det Garda Brian Pentony, of Malahide station, told Judge David Waters that Mr Kelly was charged at 10.28am on Friday after which he made "no comment". Dressed in a grey jacket and shirt and jeans, Mr Kelly remained silent during the hearing.

Det Garda Pentony told the court that there would be an objection to bail. No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

The co-defendant, Patrick Carroll, made no reply after he was charged, Det Gda Domhnall O'Connell told the court.

Mr Carroll, wearing a blue jacket, jeans and runners, asked to speak to his solicitor in court. When the case resumed the judge was told Mr Carroll would be applying for bail at a later stage. He was granted legal aid and was also remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Dec. 9.

The judge heard the DPP has directed that the pair must face "trial on indictment". This means a book of evidence has to be prepared before they can be returned for trial before a circuit court judge and jury.

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