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Accused Edward Andrews

Accused Edward Andrews

Accused Edward Andrews

One of three men charged with robbery connected to a fatal collision in south Co Dublin has told a judge he plans to apply for bail in four weeks.

Edward Andrews (25), of Belarmine Hall, Stepaside, and Terry Meegan (27), of Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, Co Dublin, had been charged with robbery of Centra Stores on Barnhill Road in Dalkey of €806 in connection with the incident.

Mr Andrews was refused bail, but Mr Meegan made no application when they appeared in court a week ago, although his solicitor said they wished to apply for bail at his next hearing. Both men appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

Jacqueline McGovern (54) and another woman were struck by a car as they walked on a footpath at Avondale Road in Killiney on the night of March 10, minutes after an alleged shop raid in the locality.

Mother-of-three Ms McGovern, a special needs assistant who worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel Girls National School in Johnstown, was pronounced dead at St Vincent's University Hospital the morning after the collision.

Father-of-one Mr Andrews was further remanded in custody to appear again in four weeks.

Mr Meegan was also further held until April 23 but when questioned by his solicitor, Andrew Vallely, he confirmed to Judge Victor Blake that he wished to apply for bail at his next hearing.

Co-accused Mr Andrews had applied for bail at his first hearing on March 19 but Detective Garda Robert Clifford objected citing the seriousness of the case.

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He had said: "There is a possibility of further serious charges arising out of this incident."

In his objection, Detective Garda Clifford said the incident at Centra Barnhill Stores took place at 9.20pm on March 10.

He alleged two masked raiders entered the store and threatened staff, including a 79-year-old man.

Three tills were opened and just over €800 was allegedly taken.

It was alleged the raiders fled to a waiting car.

A couple of minutes later a collision occurred and two women were knocked down, one was injured but the second died, Detective Garda Clifford said.

His solicitor had said Mr Andrews worked part-time as a labourer but was also on social welfare.

He had a child and a partner, and he has lived with his parents at his current address for the past 10 years.

The third defendant, Darren Rowe (24), of Dunedin Terrace, Monkstown, Co Dublin, was charged with robbery of the shop and endangerment of life, creating substantial risk of death or serious harm to another, at Avondale Road.

He made no application for bail when he first appeared in court last Friday and will face his next hearing today.