Three charged over alleged cash heist

Francis Murphy
Francis Murphy

THREE men have been charged in relation to an alleged cashin- transit van robbery that was foiled by gardai in Co Meath on Friday.

Stefan Saunders (39), Damien Noonan (30), and Francis Murphy (37) appeared at a special sitting of Trim District Court last night following their arrests on Friday.

Each of the men was charged before Judge Grainne Malone with possession of a Makarov 8mm handgun with eight rounds of ammunition with the intention of robbery at the Yeats Centre, Navan Road, Dunboyne, on October 7 contrary to Section 27B of the Firearm Act 1964.

Stefan Saunders

They were also each charged with possession of a crowbar, a black rucksack containing cable ties, knife, torch, bottle of bleach, a key for security shutters and walkie-talkies with the intention that they be used in a robbery at the same location and date contrary to Section 15 of the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001.

Detective Garda Jonathan O’Leary gave evidence of charge and caution of Saunders at 12.39pm yesterday at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Saunders of Hazel Park in Clonee, Co Dublin, made no reply to the charge the court heard. An application was made for bail, which was objected to by the prosecution.

However Judge Malone granted bail, seeking Saunders’ own bond of €30,000 as well as two independent sureties of €50,000.

The conditions of bail were that Saunders surrender his passport, reside at his home, obey a curfew between 10pm and 8am, supply Gardai with the number of a mobile phone he can be contacted on, and the registration of a car that he will use.

He was also instructed not to contact witnesses, and to sign on twice daily at Blanchardstown Garda Station. He was remanded to Cloverhill to appear again on Friday, October 14.

Murphy, of Drogheda, Carranstown, Duleek, Co Meath, and Noonan, of Rusheeny Court in Hartstown, Dublin, also made bail applications but Judge Malone refused to grant bail.

 Both were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill this Friday.