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€30k cash-in-transit car park robbery accused sent forward for trial by jury

A DUBLIN man charged with robbing €30,000 from a cash-in-transit van at a shopping centre car park has been sent forward for trial.

Richard Freeman (45) is also accused of handling €30,000 in stolen cash, as well as a stolen G4 Security cash box and G4 Security electronic fob during a search of a Ballyfermot house.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the district court.

The accused, of Redwood Avenue, Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged offence occurred in the car park of the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre on Butterfield Avenue at around 12.45pm on August 16.

Freeman is further charged with handling the stolen cash, as well as a stolen G4 Security cash box and electronic fob at Landen Road in Ballyfermot.



A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Freeman, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Anthony Halpin gave Freeman the alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy and one junior counsel and one senior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.