Securicor accused 'went home sick on day of Tiger kidnap', court told
A Securicor worker has revealed that a former colleague, who is one of four men accused of a €2.28m cash-in-transit van robbery, went home with an injured back on the day of the raid.
Witness Glen Kelly said that Niall Byrne, then a Securicor ATM section employee, reported that he had hurt his back and had to go home sick on that date almost 13 years ago.
Mr Kelly told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that he had a conversation with Mr Byrne hours later, during which the accused asked about the robbery and how much money had been taken.
Tony Goldsmith, a Securicor assistant manager in 2005, said he spoke with Mr Byrne face-to-face after he had seen the doctor about his injured back.
Mr Goldsmith said the accused seemed "quite jovial".
The witness agreed with Feargal Kavanagh SC, defending Mr Byrne, that being jovial was in his client's nature.
Mr Byrne (36), Mark Farrelly (46), Christopher Corcoran (70) and David Byrne (45) have all pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the false imprisonment of four members of the Richardson family at their home at Ashcroft, Raheny, Dublin, on March 13 and 14, 2005.
Niall Byrne, of Crumlin Road Flats, Dublin; Mr Farrelly, of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; Mr Corcoran, of Rosedale, Raheny, Dublin; and David Byrne, of Old Brazil Way, Knocksedan, Swords, also pleaded not guilty to robbing Paul Richardson and Securicor of €2.28m on March 14, 2005.
Mr Goldsmith told Mr Kavanagh that he did not know about a Securicor policy of turning off GPS trackers to save money, or any company policy to do with key fobs or walkie-talkies.
He also denied knowing about a Securicor "unspoken rule", which Mr Kavanagh described as a system of having spare money in the cash-in-transit vans to give to raiders.
Earlier, Mr Goldsmith told Mr McGinn that he found out about Marie Richardson and her sons being taken hostage at about 9am on March 14, 2005.
He said he had made routine contact with Mr Richardson's van before this and did not suspect anything "amiss" with the vehicle then.
When he became aware there was a problem with the van, he said he and colleagues took a "softly, softly" approach in making contact with the crew to see where the vehicle was.
He said Mr Richardson's crew member, Sean Kelleher, gave him incorrect information that the van was in Tallaght.
Mr Goldsmith revealed that the van's GPS showed it was in Co Westmeath, but said he did not tell the crew that the Richardson family was safe because he was not sure if third parties were listening in.
He said he knew that the van crew was obeying the instructions of a gang at that time.
Mr Goldsmith said once Mr Kelleher pushed the vehicle's panic button, the crew was put through to Securicor control and informed that Mr Richardson's family was safe.