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Monday 20 November 2017

Woman in post office recognised her brother as raider

The sister of an armed post office raider recognised her brother during the robbery and identified him to gardai.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard there were a number of people in the post office in Aylesbury Shopping Centre, Tallaght, when the raiders burst in carrying a knife and what was described as a 12ins, double-barrelled shotgun.

Shane O'Connor (30) of Brookview Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to robbery of the post office on September 1, 2009. Detective Garda David Jennings said the robbery took place on a Tuesday morning which was children's allowance day, meaning the post office was particularly busy.

The raiders, who had their faces covered with scarves, told staff to "fill the f****** bag or I will shoot somebody".

Between €10,000 and €11,000 was taken in the raid before the gang fled in a waiting Nissan jeep.

Lisa Raferty recognised her brother, Shane O'Connor, when he looked straight at her before looking down "in guilt".

Ms Raferty was so disgusted with her brother's actions that she rang the gardai immediately afterwards.

O'Connor was sentenced to four years in prison, backdated to last August.

His accomplice Derek Evans (26) was sentenced to eight years with four suspended last November.

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