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Woman was kept prisoner in car for 15km, court told

A MAN accused of involvement in an armed robbery at a bookmakers in which a woman was trapped inside a hijacked getaway car has been charged with false imprisonment.

Trevor Byrne (32) was remanded on continuing bail at Dublin District Court after he had four new charges brought against him.

He is accused of being involved in an armed robbery in which, it is alleged, raiders hijacked a woman's car, trapping her inside for 15km and threatening to kill her and her family if she called gardai.



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Byrne (32) of Cappagh Road, Finglas, was already charged with robbing €1,490 from a man at Boyle Sports, Applewood Village, Swords on March 19.

He has now appeared before Dublin District Court charged with carrying a firearm, falsely imprisoning a woman, unlawful seizure of a vehicle and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm in the same incident.

Garda Mairead Murray told the court the defendant made no reply after caution when the new charges were put to him.

Tony Collier, defending, asked Judge Denis McLoughlin to relax bail conditions requiring Byrne to sign on daily at his local garda station.

Judge McLoughlin agreed, and remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again on September 1.

Garda Murray had previously told the court the defendant was arrested on May 10 this year and detained at Swords Garda Station.

She had said it was alleged the defendant and a second man entered the bookmakers and committed an armed robbery "using a firearm".

Garda Murray had alleged that a woman was forced to surrender her vehicle and was falsely imprisoned in it.

She was "not allowed to exit her vehicle for 15km", the garda said. It was alleged that the accused threatened to kill the woman and her family.

Garda Murray said it was alleged gardai had identified Byrne on CCTV.

Bail had been set in the defendant's own bond on €1,000 and an independent surety of €15,000, a third of had been lodged.

aphelan@herald.ie


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