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Worker 'robbed of electric scooter by men at knifepoint' ​​​​​​​

Jamie French

A commuter was left "traumatised" after two men robbed him of his electric scooter at knifepoint as he made his way to work, a court has heard.

Jamie French (27) and Jake O'Sullivan (19) were allegedly caught "red-handed" in a car with the scooter in the boot after the man reported being robbed.

Judge Gerard Jones granted both men bail despite garda objections and adjourned the case.

Mr French, of Tallaght Cross West, and Mr O'Sullivan, of Exchange Hall, Tallaght, are both charged with robbery at Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, on October 28.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the accused were arrested in the same car later that day in Neilstown Road, Clondalkin.

The court heard Mr French made no reply when charged after caution and Mr O'Sullivan replied: "It's not me."

A garda told the court the robbery victim, a man in his 30s, was approached by two men while on his way to work.

Fear

"Knives were produced to his chest," he said.

In fear, the man dropped his scooter, which was taken by the men.

A car matching a description given by the victim was stopped by gardaí and it was alleged Mr French was a front-seat passenger. The scooter was recovered from the boot.

In interview, Mr French "admitted his part in the offence", saying that he helped place the scooter into the boot, a garda said.

Another garda said Mr O'Sullivan was also in the car that was stopped and he admitted "involvement in the robbery".

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the accused were presumed innocent and would abide by conditions if granted bail.

Mr French could live at his partner's home if granted bail, he said. 

Judge Jones granted bail, in the accused's own bonds of €100, with independent sureties of €500 each.

They must sign on three times weekly at Tallaght garda station and provide mobile phone numbers to gardaí.

They were both remanded in custody with consent to bail.


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