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Jobless man is accused of €4k post office raid

THIS is the young man who is accused of robbing nearly €4,000 in cash from staff at a southside post office.

Karl Finnegan (27) was allegedly armed with an extendable baton when he forced staff at Aylesbury Post Office in Tallaght to hand over €3,900.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the matters were deemed to be too serious for the District Court.

Finnegan, with an address at Donomore Park in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place on November 29 last year.

The defendant is also charged with producing an extendable baton during the course of the robbery, and with stealing a 2002 Dublin-registered vehicle at Aylesbury Shopping Centre.



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The court heard the DPP had previously directed trial on indictment on the charges.

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

Judge Bridget Reilly gave Finnegan 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.

Judge Reilly remanded the defendant on bail in his own bond of €300, and ordered him to sign on at Tallaght Garda Station three times each week.

Defence solicitor Andrew Sheridan asked the judge to reduce the signing on condition, saying Finnegan, who is unemployed, hopes to start a FAS course shortly.

Judge Reilly said any application to change Finnegan's bail conditions could be made to the Circuit Court.

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