I was armed and ready -- officer tells raid trial
A GARDA witness has told a trial that he was armed and full of adrenaline when he approached two men accused of taking part in an attempted robbery of a cash van.
Darren Keane (25) and John Boylan (25) are both alleged to have taken part in the attempted armed heist during which one raider was fatally wounded in a shootout with gardai.
Keane, of Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin and Boylan, of Gandon Court, Lucan have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery and possession of a sawn-off shotgun at Foxborough Road, Lucan on May 15, 2009.
On the third day of the trial a number of garda witnesses gave evidence of the surveillance of two cars which travelled from the city centre to the Lucan area in south Co Dublin.
By agreement from both legal teams these gardai are not being named because of the nature of their roles in garda surveillance operations.
One detective garda told Alexander Owens, prosecuting, that on the morning of the attempted robbery he observed two people leaving Murray Motors garage on Portland Street in the city centre.
He said that one man, identified to the jury as Mr Golf, was a passenger in a gold Toyota Avensis.
The detective said he kept the car under surveillance and later observed it travelled on the N4 towards Lucan along with a blue VW Golf right behind it.
He later observed Mr Golf driving the blue car towards the Centra shop on Foxborough Road.
The detective said when he came to the scene of the attempted robbery at Foxborough Road he was told to "stay down" and he saw another garda walk towards a cash in transit van.
A garda colleague told the jury that he was aware that "something had gone down" on the Foxborough Road when he approached the two defendants on the nearby Foxdene Avenue.
He said that the men identified themselves as the two accused.
The detective agreed with John Aylmer, defending Mr Keane, that he was in pursuit of a car that he believed had being involved in an armed robbery and that the "adrenaline was running".
He said he had been told earlier to arm himself with his own personal firearm.
But he did not feel he needed to draw his weapon because he didn't believe the two men were armed.