Tuesday 20 March 2018

Witness tells security robbery trial he saw gardai trying to save raiders lives

Declan Brennan

A WITNESS has told a trial that he saw gardai trying to save the lives of two raiders who were shot in the chest during an attempted cash van robbery.

Darren Keane (25) and John Boylan (25) are both alleged to have taken part in the armed heist in which one raider was killed in a shoot out with gardai.

Mr Keane of Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin and Mr Boylan of Gandon Court, Lucan have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery and possession of a sawn-off shotgun at Foxborough Road, Lucan on May 15, 2009.

On day two of the trial the driver of a cash-in-transit van told Alexander Owens SC, prosecuting, that his co-worker had gotten out of the van when two men, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, approached him.

Martin Kemple said the two men were wearing black balaclavas. He said they dragged the other security worker, Tim McDonald, back to the van.

He said he then heard a shotgun going off and immediately after heard another four or five shots being fired.

He said the two men were shot. He then saw gardai ripping vests off the raiders and putting “plugs” into their chest wounds to seal the wounds.

Mr Kemple said: “I witnessed the guards trying to save the two lads that were after being shot”.

In his opening speech to the jury on Monday Mr Owens said one of these men, Garrett Molloy, had accosted the security man, pointed the sawn off shotgun at him and discharged a shot into the air.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Mr Molloy was shot by a garda and later died from his injuries.

Counsel told the jury it was the prosecution case that the attempted robbery was “a joint enterprise” involving Mr Keane and Mr Boylan in the roles of “lookout and getaway men”.

Mr Owens told the jury they would have to decide whether the men were active participants in the robbery and whether they were part of a gang.

The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues before Judge Mary Ellen Ring and a jury of eight men and four women.

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