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Face of man (25) accused of shop robbery before mum was killed


Edward Andrews was charged with robbery.

Edward Andrews was charged with robbery.

Edward Andrews was charged with robbery.

This is the 25-year-old man who was refused bail after being charged with robbery in connection with a fatal collision in south Co Dublin last week.

Jacqueline McGovern (54) was one of two women struck by a car as she walked on a footpath on Avondale Road in Killiney last Tuesday, minutes after an alleged shop raid in the locality.

Ms McGovern, a special needs assistant, was from the area and worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel Girls National School in Johnstown.

Father-of-one Edward Andrews, of Belarmine Hall, Stepaside, Co Dublin, was one of three men arrested during the investigation and was detained at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.

He was charged with robbery of a Centra on Barnhill Road in Dalkey of €806 on March 10.



Jackie McGovern was killed

Jackie McGovern was killed

Jackie McGovern was killed

Andrews appeared before Judge Grainne Malone at Dun Laoghaire District Court. He entered the courthouse with his face covered.

Evidence of arrest and charge was furnished to the court by Detective Garda Robert Clifford, who objected to bail due to the seriousness of the case.

He also told the judge: "There is a possibility of further serious charges arising out of this incident."

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam confirmed his client was pleading not guilty and requested bail.

In his objection, Det Garda Clifford said the incident at Centra Barnhill Stores took place at 9.20pm on March 10. He alleged that two masked raiders threatened staff, including a 79-year-old man.

Three tills were opened and just over €800 was allegedly taken. It was alleged the raiders then fled to a waiting car. Staff were traumatised, he said.

Minutes later a collision occurred and two women were knocked down. One was injured but the second died, Det Gda Clifford said.

Pleading for bail, Mr Lynam said his client worked part-time as a labourer but was on social welfare. He had a child and a partner, and had lived with his parents at his current address for the past 10 years.

Mr Andrews sat silently during the bail hearing but did not have to give evidence.

Mr Lynam said the evidence "is seriously challenged by the accused and he is maintains his right to do so, and he is pleading not guilty to this matter".

The defendant's partner and sister were allowed remain for the bail hearing.

The judge rose for almost 10 minutes to consider the issue. Judge Malone refused bail and remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.


Mr Andrews said: "Thank you, judge" after she delivered her ruling, and he patted his solicitor on the back.

Dressed in a black sweater with white and blue stripes, black tracksuit bottoms and grey runners, Mr Andrews, was granted legal aid after a statement of his means was handed in to court.

Family and friends bade farewell on Wednesday to Ms McGovern, who was laid to rest following a service at Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Killiney.