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Man to appear in court over theft of OAP’s life savings

A man has been charged in relation to the robbery of an elderly man’s savings in Cork and is due to appear in court this morning.

The man, in his twenties, was arrested on Tuesday evening near Blarney and brought to Gurranebraher Garda Station for questioning about the incident in which over €20,000 was taken

A second man, who was also being questioned by gardaí about the theft, has been released without charge.

A file is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The 70-year-old retired brewery worker was leaving his home in Fairhill to catch a flight to Medjugorje on Sunday morning when he was approached by a man claiming to be a garda from the local Gurranabraher station.

The man said he was checking if people had money in their homes in order to mark it with special ink so it could be identified if it was stolen.

When the pensioner, who had recently withdrawn a five figure sum of cash, brought the man into his home, and showed him the money, the robber grabbed it and made his escape.

The victim was not injured but is said to be in a state of shock. He had withdrawn the money because of fears about the stability of financial institutions.