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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bank boss attacker is jailed over violent row

A JOBLESS man swung punches at a bank manager after barging his way into his private office and demanding to be given a safety deposit box his grandfather had left him when he died, a court heard.

James Grimes (32) attacked the manager in a "confused" state over the safety deposit box in one of two separate confrontations with officials at different branches of AIB.

He had been told by his grandfather he would be left money in a safety deposit box but did not know where it was and was under the influence of prescription medication at the time.



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His actions sparked a security review in at least one of the city centre banks.

Grimes, with an address at Wolfe Tone Close, Jervis Street, also admitted an incident in which he smashed a supermarket security guard's glasses during a violent struggle after he was told he was barred.

Grimes was jailed for a total of nine months when he admitted assault, trespass and public order charges at Dublin District Court.

The court heard he had been either on bail or with a bench warrant out for his arrest when he committed the offences.

Grimes went to the AIB branch on O'Connell Street on November 5, 2009.

When directed to the customer service desk, he went on to the commercial banking door, which required a keycode.

He forced this door open and went inside, demanding his grandfather's safety deposit box.

He became verbally abusive to the official working there and banged on the glass partition. He then hurled abuse at the female manager when she said he could not have access to the boxes.



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He went to the AIB at Capel Street on December 17, 2009. After speaking to employees at the customer service desk, he entered a restricted area and the bank manager's office.

The manager was in a discussion with an assistant and Grimes "made a number of demands" about a safety deposit box. When the manager tried to remove him, Grimes swung a number of punches at him.

A third incident happened in Aldi on Parnell Street on October 30, 2009 when he was barred and assaulted the security guard, breaking his glasses and leaving him with bruising to the face.

aphelan@herald.ie

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