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Cash van theft accused 'feared a hit by Dunne'

A MAN who tried to steal from a cash-in-transit van called at his local garda station four months after the raid because he believed Eamon Dunne was setting him up for an attack, a trial has heard.

Joseph Warren (30) spoke to Detective Garda Adrian Mulligan at Ballymun Garda Station on March 26, 2008, telling him there was "double crossing" in the gang that tried to raid the cash-in-transit and he believed he was being left "high and dry".

Warren of Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco on the Shackleton Road in Celbridge on November 2, 2007.

Det Garda Mulligan told the court that Warren told him there had been tension between the people he had carried out the raid with in Celbridge with, before he named them as Eamon Dunne, Alan and Wayne Bradley, Michael Ryan and Jeffrey Morrow.

"He said he felt Dunne was setting him up for some sort of an attack on him and his family home," he said.

Warren believed that when Dunne had approached Michael 'Roly' Cronin "to settle a debt", he informed Cronin that it was Warren who had led him to him. Warren told Det Garda Mulligan that he had spoken to another man, Brian O'Reilly, who assured him that nothing would happen to him.


Despite that, he still believed Dunne was intending to use Cronin to carry out an attack.

Det Garda Mulligan said that Warren was fearful of attack.

He agreed with Alan Toal, defending, that Cronin was shot dead in January 2009 but said he was not aware that Dunne was responsible for that shooting.

He agreed with Mr Toal that Dunne was a member of a gang that operated in the Ballymun area but said he never considered the man to be "ruthless".

Det Garda Mulligan said Warren never told him during two meetings with him in March 2008 that his life had been under threat prior to November 2007 nor did he say he was under threat to participate in the Celbridge raid.

Det Garda Mulligan agreed that Warren's father, Tony, made allegations in February 2008 that he had been threatened by Dunne and that the accused received an envelope in October 2009 containing cartridges "supposedly with the words 'Joe W rat RIP' written on it".

The trial continues.