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Dublin man robbed €50k from cash van with fake gun before hiding behind wheelie bin

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Gda Boyle said. “He was arrested in the rear garden of a house, where he was hiding behind a wheelie bin.”
Gda Boyle said. “He was arrested in the rear garden of a house, where he was hiding behind a wheelie bin.”

A man who robbed €50,000 from a cash transit van worker with a fake gun before being caught hiding behind a wheelie bin will be sentenced next month.

Trevor Cooke (40) with an address at Kilmahuddrick Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty to robbing a cash box containing €50,000 at Bawnogue Post Office on October 3, 2013.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today that Cooke entered Bawnogue Post Office in Clondalkin while two G4S security guards were dropping off cash.

Garda Gareth Boyle told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that Cooke approached one of the men and held an imitation firearm to his face before ordering him to drop the box he was carrying.

Cooke then grabbed the box and made off in a car that had been reported stolen two weeks earlier.

Gda Boyle said Cooke was pursued by gardai who were called to the scene.

“There was a traffic pursuit before Cooke abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot,” Gda Boyle said. “He was arrested in the rear garden of a house, where he was hiding behind a wheelie bin.”

Cooke was sprayed with pepper spray by one of the gardai before he was arrested.

He has 48 previous convictions and was currently in custody on this matter and for a previous burglary, the court heard.

Gda Boyle said a fake gun was retrieved from the car, along with the cash box.

“When the cash box was opened, a dye was emitted and all of the money was destroyed,” he said.

Padraig Dwyer, SC, defending, said his client had serious drug addiction issues but had undergone a “transformation” while in custody and had reduced his methadone dosage considerably.

“He wants to get his life together,” Mr Dwyer said, adding that Cooke had been offered a place in a rehabilitation centre.

Judge Patricia Ryan ordered a probation services report and drug testing and adjourned the matter to July 27.

Isabel Hayes