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Former B&B owner Therese King has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of false imprisonment

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Therese King

Therese King

A 72-year-old grandmother arrested by gardaí in connection with a robbery in Mullingar is to face serious charges arising from the incident.

The Sunday World can reveal that former B&B owner Therese King of Seffin, Birr, Co. Offaly, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of false imprisonment.

King (72) faces one charge of the robbery of the sum of €45 at Clintown House, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar, last year.

She faces a further charge of the robbery of a Seguro over-and-under shotgun on the same date under section 14 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001.

Under section 14, a person guilty of robbery is liable on conviction on indictment (i.e. in the Circuit Court) to imprisonment for life.

King also faces a further charge of the false imprisonment of Martin Dibbs at the same address and on the same date.

She has denied any guilt in regard to the allegations made against her.

She told the Sunday World, following her arrest last year: "I'm not guilty of anything."

And she added that in her long life this had been the first time for her to have come to the attention of the gardaí.

"Not even a parking ticket," she said.

The alleged robbery occurred at about 2pm on Saturday, September 19 last year.

The alleged victim Martin Dibbs is a highly respected farmer and horse breeder.

He bred Grand National winner Comply or Die.

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Ridden by Timmy Murphy and trained by ­David Pipe, Comply or Die was the winner of the 2008 John Smith's Grand National at Aintree ­Racecourse, run on Saturday April 5 in 2008.

He pushed ahead at the last fence to win from the grey King John's Castle.

Bookmakers William Hill conceded that his victory cost the chain £7 million.

In the John Smith's Grand National on April 4 in 2009, Comply Or Die finished in second place at odds of 14-1.

He carried approximately one extra stone of weight than in his previous Grand National and lost to Mon Mome.

Comply or Die participated in two additional Grand Nationals in the coming two years.

He finished 12th in 2010 and was pulled up before the third-last fence in 2011.

After that event, Comply or Die was immediately retired from racing.

The champion horse was cremated on Monday May 9 in 2016 - after having died over the previous weekend.

David Pipe stated that Comply or Die had been involved in dressage events since his retirement, and he was "greatly saddened to hear of his loss".

Therese King is due to appear in court in October for service of a Book of Evidence in the case.

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