AN Irishman has appeared in court accused of using a vehicle to smash into a bank in Canada - just across a car park from a pub where he is a managing partner.
Patrick Shannon (29) is accused of being behind the break-in at a bank in Regina, Saskatchewan in the early hours of Monday morning.
Police said the vehicle was driven into the bank at about 12:40am and that an armed man got out of the car and walked into the building.
The man tried unsuccessfully to break into the bank vault before returning to his vehicle and leaving the scene.
A suspect vehicle was later stopped by police, and it is alleged that the suspect assaulted police officers before being arrested.
Mr Shannon is facing seven charges in total including assault, breaking and entering and possession of a weapon (a pellet gun).
According to the local 'Regina Leader-Post' newspaper, Mr Shannon is listed on his LinkedIn profile as managing partner at Shannon’s Pub and Grill — a business located just the opposite side of the Safeway parking lot from the Scotiabank location in question.
Mr Shannon's Irish background is unclear, but it is reported that he is from Dublin and went to university there before moving to Canada.
The case was adjourned to next week.