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Sunday 17 December 2017

Accused 'found red-handed' in executive's home

A businessman was allegedly robbed of €6,500 by a man who claimed to gardai he was collecting money.

Trevor Bryan (33) was allegedly caught red-handed by gardai in the businessman's family home in Dun Laoghaire.

The accused appeared at Dun Laoghaire District Court, where he was ordered to stay away from the man, his family and the vicinity of his business premises.

Detective Garda Charles Dempsey said it would be alleged that Bryan was caught red-handed in the hallway of the victim's home, and was identified at the scene to gardai.



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The detective claimed that €6,500 was taken during the course of the robbery, and that money still had not been found.

The accused, of Inagh Court, Ballybrack, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place at a private home in Dun Laoghaire on March 23.

Det Gda Dempsey said Bryan claimed he was to collect a sum of money, but the detective told Judge Ann Ryan that it was not "a legitimate collection".

Gardai had objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge, which carries a maximum sentence upon conviction in the Circuit Court of 14 years.

Det Gda Dempsey said he also feared that Bryan might interfere with witnesses.

The detective claimed that associates of the accused made threats to the alleged victim the day before the robbery that his home would be damaged.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said that any concerns of the gardai in relation to interference with witnesses could be made as a condition of bail.

Mr Lynam also said evidence in relation to any verbal threats to the victim was hearsay.

Judge Ryan remanded Bryan in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €500, with an independent surety of €1,000.

The accused was ordered to sign on daily at Shankill Garda Station, to obey a curfew between 10pm and 7am, and to stay out of the Deansgrange area.

Judge Ryan also ordered that Bryan have no contact by text, phone, email or through third parties with the alleged victim.



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She also ordered accused to stay away from the victim's business interests.

Det Gda Dempsey asked for an independent surety of €5,000 but Mr Lynam said the garda "picked this figure out of the sky".

Mr Lynam said Bryan, a father of two children, was of limited means.

Judge Ryan said she would require an independent surety of €1,000, and refused to accept cash in lieu of surety.

The matter was adjourned until today.

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