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Cigs van hijacked in €300k hit - court

A MAN has gone on trial accused of the false imprisonment of two delivery men and robbing cigarettes and tobacco products worth over €300,000 from them.

Frank Cunningham, (62, below), of Moyfenrath, Enfield, Co Meath, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery and the false imprisonment of Joseph O'Toole and Edward Postol in Blanchardstown on March 14, 2007.

He has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm or imitation firearm and unlawful use of a car.

Paul Carroll, prosecuting, said Mr O'Toole and Mr Postol were working for Bond Delivery and taking the cigarettes, worth €314,916, from a premises in Snugborough in north Dublin.

Their van was hijacked and the pair were "imprisoned against their will with plastic ties". It is the state's case Cunningham was part of this robbery. The trial continues.