Suspect goes on trial accused of €1m van hold-up
A DUBLIN man has gone on trial accused of plotting to steal over €1m from a cash-in-transit van in Kildare five years ago.
Joseph Warren (30), of Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco supermarket on the Shackleton Road, Celbridge.
The trial is expected to last up to five weeks due to the many witnesses involved.
In her opening speech, prosecuting counsel Deirdre Murphy told the jury it would hear evidence that at 6am on November 2, 2007, Warren and five other men gathered in four vehicles in Ballymun.
They are then alleged to have travelled in convoy to near the headquarters of Chubb Ireland, in Sandyford, and, from there, followed a cash-in-transit van containing over €1m to Celbridge.
Ms Murphy said it was the State's case that a combination of finger prints, CCTV footage, mobile phone and walkie-talkie evidence and other technical data will show that the six suspects maintained contact with each other along the route.
She said the Nissan Patrol van owned by Chubb Ireland arrived at Tesco in Celbridge just before 10am, followed by the four vehicles, and that the driver of the Patrol van got out to deliver cash to an ATM machine.
Counsel told the jury it would hear evidence that Warren approached the Chubb Ireland van in the car park of Celbridge Shopping Centre with a 'consaw', which is capable of cutting through metal, and was running at the time.
Ms Murphy said he was accompanied by co-accused, who had a bunch of keys, and tried unsuccessfully to open two doors of the cash-in-transit van.
She said gardai then arrested both men before apprehending the other four suspects shortly afterwards.
The jury is also due to hear evidence from Darryl Caffrey, a passenger in the cash-in-transit van, who is alleged to have given evidence to "persons unknown" which allowed for keys to be cut for Chubb Ireland vehicles two days before the incident. The trial continues.