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Keith Chadwick.

Keith Chadwick.

Kenneth Wilson.

Kenneth Wilson.

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Keith Chadwick.

THESE are the two west Dublin men charged over a post office robbery in which an imitation handgun and hatchet were allegedly used.

Kenneth Wilson (44) and Keith Chadwick (18) are both charged with robbing the post office in Clondalkin last year.

They are facing trial by judge and jury and had the cases against them adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Wilson and Chadwick, both of Deansrath Road, Clondalkin, were remanded on continuing bail when they appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Handgun

The two are charged with robbing a woman of €6,900 at Bawnogue Post Office on November 28, 2012.

They are further charged with possession of an imitation firearm, a handgun, with intent to rob.

Wilson faces a third charge, of unlawful possession of a hatchet intended to intimidate staff in the course of a robbery or gain access to a restricted area. The third charge against Chadwick is that he produced an imitation handgun while committing the robbery.

The charges are under the Firearms and Theft and Fraud Offences Acts.

Caution

All the charges against Wilson had been proffered on an earlier date. In relation to Chadwick, evidence of arrest, charge and caution was handed in to court by certificate.

The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all charges. This means they are to be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to July 25, for service of a book of evidence. The accused men were remanded on continuing bail on condition they sign on once per week at their local garda station.

He granted legal aid to Chadwick following an application by defence.

aphelan@herald.ie


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