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Two charged with imprisoning staff in jewel shop raid

TWO jobless men have been charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a city jewellers during which staff were tied up.

Ian Jordan and Aidan Murphy, both aged 31, were remanded in custody when they appeared in Dublin District Court following the attempted raid at the north inner city shop.

Jordan, of Lanesborough Gardens, Charlestown, Finglas, and Murphy, of St Fanahan's Place, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, are both charged with two counts of false imprisonment of staff in the incident on August 10.

They are also charged with attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit a robbery.

The incident happened at The Bullion Room on Bolton Street, Dublin 7.

Detective Garda Brian Quirke of Bridewell Station told the court he arrested Jordan at 8.45am on August 12 and he made no reply after caution to any of the four charges when they were put to him. Murphy was arrested at 8.48am and he also made no reply to the charges.

Neither defendant was working and Judge O'Neill granted legal aid after Garda Quirke did not object "due to the seriousness of the charges".

The alleged victims were a man and a woman and the attempted robbery charges are contrary to Common Law. The false imprisonment charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. The other charges are contrary to the Firearms Act.

Both defendants were remanded in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on August 19.

Staff members were tied up and threatened in the incident but nothing was taken and they were not injured. Gardai arrived on the scene within minutes. The fire brigade attended the scene and cut a hole in the metal shutter of the shop to allow gardai to access the building. The two accused were subsequently arrested.



CHARGED

They were questioned at Bridewell Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939, before being charged.

Precious metal is refined by the company, which sells investment products such as gold bullion bars, according to its website.

"The Bullion Room are dealers in precious metals headquartered in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter in the United Kingdom with branches in Manchester and Dublin," the website says.

aphelan@herald.ie