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Monday 5 December 2016

Man allegedly had imitation handgun in shop burglary

Richard McGreevy had his case adjourned
Richard McGreevy had his case adjourned

A young man is facing trial charged with robbery and burglary of a west Dublin discount store with an imitation firearm.

Richard McGreevy (20) appeared in court accused of robbing and burgling the shop, with just over €1,000 in cash allegedly stolen.

A second man, Stephen Dunne (25) is accused of impeding a garda investigation into the robbery and aggravated burglary.

They both had their cases adjourned for the preparation of books of evidence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr McGreevy of Lealand Gardens, Clondalkin, is charged with robbing a woman of €535 cash at More 4 Less, in Bawnogue Shopping Centre on July 14 last.

He is also charged with robbing another woman of approximately €500 in cash at the same place on July 18, as well as committing burglary while he had an imitation firearm on that date.

Garda Goretti Lynch said she arrested Mr McGreevy for the purpose of charge before the court sitting and he replied "no comment" after caution.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said the DPP was directing trial on indictment in Mr McGreevy's case.

Caution

Judge McHugh reduced signing-on conditions to three times per week at Rathfarnham Garda Station, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Bail was extended to cover the new charge and Mr McGreevy's case was adjourned to a date in January, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Dunne, of Hazelgrove Court, Tallaght, is charged with possession of €500 and £20 in stolen cash at Lealand Gardens. Clondalkin on July 18 last.

He was further charged with, on the same date and place, acting with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of a person for robbery and aggravated burglary at More 4 Less, Bawnogue Shopping Centre.

The court heard he also made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said there was consent to this.

At her request, Judge McHugh relaxed bail conditions to allow Mr Dunne sign-on at his local garda station three times per week instead of daily.

The judge extended bail to cover the new charge.

The accused men have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges against them.

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