Sunday 17 December 2017

'Viper' Foley is freed after jewellery row probe

Martin Foley
Martin Foley

Martin 'The Viper' Foley has been released from garda custody after he was arrested following an incident in a jewellery shop in the capital.

The 64-year-old career criminal has been in garda custody since last Tuesday, but walked out of Store Street station in the city centre shortly before 10.30pm last night.

He had spent the last number of days at the Mater Hospital in Dublin complaining of heart problems after being questioned by gardai on Tuesday.

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Sources have revealed that Foley was kept in a private room in the hospital under 24-hour garda watch after he tried to evade arrest in the jeweller's in Dublin's Ilac Centre on Monday.

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The Viper refused to make any comment as he walked away from the station, before getting into a taxi close to Busaras.

Earlier this week, Foley tried to escape arrest in the jewellery store before he was restrained.

While wearing handcuffs, he made several unsuccessful attempts to run for the exit door even after the shutters were closed half way down by the terrified co-owner of the shop.

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Four people attempted to hold the criminal and eventually he was forced to the floor and arrested by gardai.

A male accomplice was also arrested at the scene.


The episode unfolded over an alleged disagreement with the respected business owners over items of jewellery with an estimated value of around €3,000.

It is believed that the items may have belonged to Foley's ex-partner. It's understood that the shop may have fallen victim of a scam when a man purchased the ring with a credit card which never cleared for payment. Gardai are investigating the events leading up to Monday's shocking incident.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that Mr Foley had been released without charge and said that a file is being prepared for the DPP.


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