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Man is cleared of robbery bid

A MAN accused of taking part in an attempted armed robbery in which a raider was shot dead has been acquitted by direction of the trial judge because of a lack of evidence.

Darren Keane (25) and his co-accused John Boylan (25) were alleged to have been the "lookout and getaway" men in the attempted robbery of a cash in transit van. One of the raiders, Garreth Molloy, was fatally wounded during a shootout with gardai.

Mr Keane, of Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery and possession of a sawn-off shotgun in Lucan on May 15, 2009.

Mr Boylan of Gandon Court, Lucan, was earlier also cleared by direction of the judge.