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Mum Jacqueline McGovern died after being struck by a car

Mum Jacqueline McGovern died after being struck by a car

Colin Keegan

Mum Jacqueline McGovern died after being struck by a car

A man has been charged with robbery and endangerment of life following a crash in south Dublin when a woman was fatally struck by a car minutes after an alleged shop raid.

Darren Rowe (34) appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the incident in which Jacqueline McGovern (54) was hit by a car as she walked on a footpath in Killiney.

Ms McGovern, a mother-of-three and special needs assistant, died, while a second woman who was also struck did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Mr Rowe, of Dunedin Terrace, Monkstown, is charged with endangerment of life at Avondale Road in Killiney on March 10, as well as robbery of the Centra store on Barnhill Road in Dalkey of €806 on the same date.

Judge Grainne Malone remanded him in custody for a week after no bail application was made on his behalf.

He is the third man to be charged in connection with the incident - yesterday, two others appeared in court accused of robbery and were also remanded in custody.

Detective Garda Brian Davoren gave evidence at Dun Laoghaire District Court of arresting and charging Mr Rowe.

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"I am not making any bail application today," defence solicitor Sandra Frayne said.

The accused spoke only to nominate his solicitor when Judge Malone asked who he wanted to represent him.

Applying for free legal aid, Ms Frayne said Mr Rowe was on disability benefit and in receipt of €213-a-week. She handed a statement of his financial means in to court.

The judge granted legal aid as there was no garda objection.

Ms Frayne said her client might be making a bail application next Friday.

Judge Malone remanded Mr Rowe in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on March 27.

The charge against him alleges he created a "substantial risk of death or serious injury to another".

On Thursday, father-of-one Edward Andrews, of Belarmine Hall, Stepaside, Co Dublin, and Terry Meegan (27), from Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, were both charged with robbery.

Mr Andrews was refused bail, while Mr Meegan made no bail application and their cases were both adjourned to Cloverhill District Court on March 26.

During Mr Andrews's bail hearing at Dun Laoghaire District Court, Det Gda Robert Clifford said in the alleged robbery, two masked raiders entered the store at 9.20pm and threatened staff.

Three tills were opened and just over €800 was allegedly taken. It was alleged the raiders fled to a waiting car.

A couple of minutes later a collision happened and two women were knocked down, one was injured but the second died, Det Gda Clifford said.

Mr Andrews's solicitor Ronnie Lynam said the evidence "is seriously challenged by the accused and he maintains his right to do so, and he is pleading not guilty to this matter".

At Dublin District Court on Thursday, Garda Deirdre Finn told Judge Miriam Walsh that Mr Meegan replied "no comment" to his robbery charge.