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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Three men charged with robbery after €1,200 stolen from shop

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Andrew Phelan

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Three men have been accused of taking part in an armed raid on a south Dublin shop in which staff were allegedly threatened with a hatchet and knife.

Patrick Power (30), Jason Kirwan (31) and Joseph Zambra (43) appeared in Dublin District Court, charged with robbing a Centra store in Stillorgan at the weekend.

It is alleged they were caught "red-handed" leaving the scene in a car with €1,200 in cash, a hatchet and knife.

Judge Bernadette Owens granted them bail and adjourned their cases for the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions to be made available.

Mr Kirwan of Elmdale Crescent, Ballyfermot; Mr Zambra from Inagh Road, also in Ballyfermot; and Mr Power from Dowland Road, Walkinstown, are all charged with robbery.

Objecting to bail, gardaí said it would be alleged that two men, one armed with a hatchet and the other with a knife, entered Centra, Kilmacud Road Lower, Stillorgan, on December 29 after 6pm and threatened staff before taking €1,200 in cash from the till.

Gardaí said the two got into a blue Volkswagen Passat and, along with the driver, left the scene.

A member of the public pointed out the car to gardaí responding to the alarm call, and said the occupants were involved in the robbery.

The Passat was stopped less than 100 metres away and a knife and hatchet were recovered from the car.

Garda Stephen Byrne said Mr Power made no reply to the charge after caution. Garda Karl O'Neill said Mr Kirwan, a father-of-three, also made no reply to the charge.

Garda Brendan Dowling said Mr Zambra's reply to the charge after caution was "I robbed nobody".

Applying for bail, lawyers for the three said the accused were presumed innocent.

Judge Owens remanded Mr Power in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Mr Kirwan was granted bail subject to his mother giving a sworn undertaking to ensure he appears in court.

Another condition is that Mr Kirwan stays away from Stillorgan.

Questioned by Mr Zambra's lawyer, Gda Dowling accepted that Mr Zambra was not one of the two men seen entering the Centra and although he put himself at the scene in interview, he gave an account and said he "didn't have any knowledge of what was going on at the time".

Under bail conditions, Mr Zambra, a father of two, is to sign on twice weekly at Ballyfermot garda station.

Both Mr Zambra and Mr Kirwan's cases were adjourned to Dún Laoghaire District Court on February 11.

No cash lodgements were required for bail.

Legal aid was granted after the court heard the accused were not working.

Irish Independent

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