Monday 18 December 2017

Man charged with robbery of Blarney PO

A 31 year old Mid-Cork man has been remanded in custody after he appeared in court last Thursday where he was charged with the robbery of Blarney Post Office late last month.

Gary Walsh, a native of Ballincollig, but with an address at Apartment 3, Retail Park, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, was charged with robbery at Blarney Post Office on January 24.

Det Garda Maurice Leahy gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told Cork District Court that Walsh made no reply to the single charge when it was put to him after caution.

Gardai objected to bail and Det Garda Leahy said they were objecting because of the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence, including CCTV footage, in the case against Walsh.

He said they were also basing their objection on the maximum sentence of life the offence carried if Walsh was convicted and they feared he would abscond and evade justice if granted bail.

Walsh took the stand and said that he had no intention of absconding and would stand trial if granted bail, and he was willing to sign on at his local garda station daily and abide by a curfew.

However, Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded Walsh in custody to appear at Court 4 at Cork District Court again on February 9. He also granted Walsh free legal aid.


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