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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man accused of €1,500 security van raid and assault refused bail

Garda Karen Caswell objected to bail and told the court it would be alleged that a weapon was used during the robbery. Stock picture
Garda Karen Caswell objected to bail and told the court it would be alleged that a weapon was used during the robbery. Stock picture

A Dublin man charged with robbing a security van, during which a guard was allegedly attacked with a crowbar, has been refused bail.

Nearly €1,500 in €1 and €2 coins was taken from the G4S vehicle at Donaghmede Shopping Centre in Dublin on Wednesday.

John Gavin (28), of Moyne Park Halting Site, in north Dublin, is charged with robbery and assault causing harm to a security guard. He is also charged with assault causing harm to a garda sergeant at Moyne Park on the same date.

Garda Karen Caswell objected to bail and told the court it would be alleged that a weapon was used during the robbery. She said the same amount of money and G4S bags were recovered during a search of the defendant's caravan.

She agreed with defence solicitor Alan Doyle that there was no facial recognition evidence but said gardai had CCTV footage and descriptions of clothing.

Mr Doyle said his client's family had offered to stand €5,000 bail. However, this was refused by Judge David Waters, who remanded Mr Gavin to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

Crowbar

Co-defendant Robert Lawlor (33), of Grangemore Crescent, Donaghmede, was charged with unlawfully possessing €1,454 in stolen cash in connection with the robbery. He also faced objections to bail.

Garda Shane McGrath told the court it would be alleged a security officer was assaulted with a crowbar during the raid.

He said the gardai went to a halting site about a mile-and-a-half from the shopping centre and found Mr Lawlor and another male in a caravan.

He also agreed that the money was hidden in the caravan.

The defendant, a father-of-three, told the court: "I'm sitting here because I was in a caravan."

Judge Waters granted him bail with strict conditions and ordered him to have a phone on which he can be contacted by gardai, to reside at his current address and to obey a curfew from 11pm to 7am.

Gardai recovered his passport in a car at the halting site, the court heard, and the judge agreed to allow them to retain it as a condition of bail.

Mr Lawlor was released and ordered to appear in the court on December 9 for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

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