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Man who allegedly robbed change from cash in transit van refused bail

Man who allegedly robbed change from cash in transit van refused bail

A DUBLIN man has been refused bail after he was charged in connection with a cash-in-transit raid during which a security guard was allegedly attacked with a crowbar.

Some €1,500 in €1 and €2 coins was taken during a robbery of a G4S security van at Donaghmede Shopping Centre in Dublin on Wednesday.

John Gavin, 28, with an address at Moyne Park halting site, in north Dublin is charged with the robbery and assault causing harm to a security guard. He has an additional charge for assault causing harm to a Garda sergeant at Moyne Park on the same date.

Garda Karen Caswell objected to bail and told the court it would be be alleged that a weapon was used during the robbery. She also said that the same amount of money along with G4S bags was recovered during a search of the defendant's caravan.

She agreed with defence solicitor Alan Doyle that there was no facial recognition evidence but they had CCTV footage and descriptions of clothing.

Mr Doyle said his client's family had offered to stand €5,000 bail. However, Judge David Waters refused to grant bail to the accused who was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday.

Co-defendant Robert Lawlor, 33, Grangemore Crescent in Donaghmede was charged with unlawfully possessing €1,454 in stolen cash in connection with the robbery.

He also faced objections to bail. Garda Shane McGrath told the court it would be alleged that a security officer was assaulted with a crow bar. Gardai went to a halting site about a mile and a half away and found Mr Lawlor and another male in a caravan, he said.

He also agreed that the money was hidden in the caravan.

The defendant, a father-of-three, told the court, “I'm sitting here cause I was in a caravan?”.

Judge Waters granted him bail with strict conditions and ordered him to have a phone on which he can be contacted by gardai, to reside at his current address and to obey a 11pm to 7am curfew.

Gardai recovered his passport in a car at the halting site, the court heard and the judge agreed to allow them to retain it as a condition of bail. Mr Lawlor was released and ordered to appear again on Dec. 9 for directions from the DPP to be obtained.