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Suspect in cash van raid 'was in debt to the Don'

A JURY has been told that a man accused of being part of a planned raid on a cash-in-transit van owed money to a "notorious" criminal linked to the killing of innocent gun victim Anthony Campbell.

Detective Inspector Eugene Lynch told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the accused, Joseph Warren (30), and Eamon Dunne were members of a Dublin criminal gang.

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


Det Insp Lynch headed a surveillance operation that observed Warren and five others -- Eamon Dunne, brothers Alan and Wayne Bradley, Jeffrey Morrow and Michael Ryan -- travelling in four different vehicles behind the cash-in-transit van, a Nissan Patrol jeep, as it made its way from the Chubb Security base in Stillorgan to the Tesco Shopping Centre.

The detective told prosecuting counsel Deirdre Murphy that Warren and Ryan were seen approaching the jeep as it was parked. He said Warren was carrying a con-saw which was running. Ryan had a set of keys with him and tried unsuccessfully to open the van.

At this point, gardai moved in and arrested the two men. The court heard that Warren had gone to his car and put the con-saw back into the boot.

The four other men, who were parked in different cars nearby, were also arrested.

Defence counsel Ciaran O'Loughlin put it to the detective that Dunne was dubbed "the Don" by sections of the media and that he was reputed to be the leader of a north Dublin criminal gang.

Counsel said that some of these newspaper articles blamed Dunne for "every conceivable evil in the criminal underworld" including the murder of north Dublin criminal Marlo Hyland and Anthony Campbell, who was an innocent witness to the shooting of Hyland.

Mr O'Loughlin said: "He was a notorious criminal in the public mind. Mr Campbell was a young plumber who had nothing to do with Hyland. It was the view of the tabloid press that the Don, meaning Eamon Dunne, was behind this."

Counsel put it to Det Insp Lynch that he agreed with this view and believed Dunne was the boss of the criminal gang having killed Hyland, the former boss.

The witness said he didn't agree that Dunne was the gang's boss. He said he had no evidence linking Dunne to these murders.

Counsel said his client will say he owed money to Dunne and he put it to Det Insp Lynch that someone who owed Dunne money would be frightened.


Det Insp Lynch replied: "Certain people would be afraid of him", adding that Dunne used "very trusted individuals" to carry out his criminal activities and that Warren was "part of Mr Dunne's empire".

Det Insp Lynch agreed that the "inside man" used by Dunne to help plan the raid "would not be considered trusted except that he could be held trustworthy in fear".

The detective said Dunne was a member of a trusted criminal gang operating in north Dublin. He said that Warren was part of that gang.

The trial continues.