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Further charges in post office raid case

FURTHER CHARGES have been brought against one of the two young men involved in robbing the Post Office in Ramsgrange of over €3,000.

Simon Murphy from Haggard, Ramsgrange, has been charged with having an imitation firearm - an air gun - at Ramsgrange Post Office on January 21, 2010, and with stealing vehicle registration plates, valued at €100, in the Irishtown on either January 20 or 21.

Defence solicitor Simon Kennedy explained that his 22-year-old client is an apprentice electrician who is entering phase 6 of his apprenticeship in Kevin Street, Dublin, and subsequently applied to amend his signing on conditions so that he could sign on at Blanchardstown Garda Station every Thursday and New Ross Garda Station every Sunday.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Patrick McMahon from 13 St. James Villas, Campile, who is also charged with robbery at the rural Post Office, had his signing on conditions reduced at Tuesday's court sitting as his defence solicitor Eric Furlong said his client had difficulty getting into New Ross on Friday and Saturday and is reliant on people to give him lifts.

'Doesn't he go to Mass,' remarked Judge Clyne. 'He could go to confession on Saturday and Mass on Sunday,' he said, adding that he could also get a bus to Wexford town and sign on there, before reducing his need to sign on to just Saturdays.

Inspector Mick Walsh requested an adjournment until November 8 on both matters for the production of a Book of Evidence.