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Saturday 18 August 2018

Cashier in bank raid thought banger was a gunshot, court told

A MAN robbed a Dublin bank when a teller thought a banger that had been set off on the premises was the sound of a gunshot, it has been alleged.

James Foley (41) appeared in Dublin District Court charged with robbing a female cashier of just under €7,000 at the Ulster Bank branch on Camden Street earlier this week.

Foley was granted bail and the case against him was adjourned for the directions of the DPP.

The accused, with an address at McCarthy's Terrace, Rialto, Dublin 8, is charged with one count of robbery at the bank on January 6.

Judge William Hamill remanded him on bail, to appear in court again next month.

Detective Garda Declan Boland of Kevin Street Station told the court he arrested the accused at the station at 11.56am on Friday. He was charged at 12.16pm and his reply after caution was "guilty".

Det Garda Boland said it would be alleged that a banger was set off inside the bank and the defendant then approached the teller. He was handed €7,000 by the teller who "thought it possibly could have been a firearm", it was alleged.

There were no weapons produced in the bank. The court heard a file was being sent to the DPP and gardai had no objections to bail, in the defendant's own bond and subject to conditions.



Extended

These were that he continues to live at his home address, signs on three times per week at Kilmainham Garda Station between 9am and 9pm, and stays away from Ulster Bank on Camden Street.

The judge extended this to the Camden Street area and the accused said: "No, I won't be near Camden Street."

Another condition was that he does not associate with a named man. Solicitor Richard Young asked for confirmation of the accused's reply to the charge after caution.

"Guilty," the detective replied.

"So it was not 'not guilty', but 'guilty'," the judge said.

Judge Hamill granted free legal aid and noted that jurisdiction had yet to be accepted as the DPP's directions had not been issued.

This means it has not yet been determined whether the case will be dealt with in Dublin District Court or the Circuit Court, where the potential penalties on conviction are more severe.

If the DPP directs summary trial, the accused will be asked to choose which court he wishes to deal with the case, and to indicate a plea.

If the DPP directs trial on indictment, the case will be adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

aphelan@herald.ie

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