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I was in fear for my life - cash-van raid insider

THE 'inside man' used by a criminal gang to plan the robbery of a cash-in-transit van has told a court that he was in fear for his life and couldn't back out of his role.

From March 2006 Chubb employee Darryl Caffrey met regularly with a man named in court as 'Dog' and provided him with detailed information about the procedures of the security company.

Mr Caffrey told defence counsel for Joseph Warren (30), who is accused of conspiring with criminals including the late Eamon Dunne to carry out a cash van robbery, that he became apprehensive and fearful of "Dog".

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that this man continued to contact Mr Caffrey even while he was out of work as a result of a separate botched "tiger" kidnapping in January 2007.

Mr Caffrey said he felt that he couldn't get out of his position with "Dog" without putting his life in danger.

He told defence counsel, Ciaran O'Loughlin, that at one point after the January incident a stranger approached him and told him: "I know who you are, I know what happened to you, there's a bullet with your name on it. Do as you're told."

The accused, Joseph Warren from Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with others between January 1 and November 11, 2007, to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco supermarket on the Shackleton Road in Celbridge on November 2, 2007.

Mr Caffrey said he had never met or known Warren or any of other men arrested on the morning of November 2, 2007.

The State's case is that the accused was a willing participant in the planned robbery.

The jury were told that Mr Caffrey was arrested and later confessed fully to his role in the plan. He was prosecuted and pleaded guilty.

The trial continues.