Two remanded in custody over attempted robbery

Two men have appeared at a special sitting of Longford District Court on charges relating to an attempted robbery at a business premises in Killoe, Co Longford.

Two men have appeared at a special sitting of Longford District Court on charges relating to an attempted robbery at a business premises in Killoe, Co Longford.

Two men have appeared at a special sitting of Longford District Court on charges relating to an attempted robbery at a business premises in Killoe, Co Longford.

Joseph Bates and Ray Ward, both from Dublin, were refused bail and have been remanded in custody to appear at Longford Court on Tuesday next, February 28.

Dressed in a check shirt and jeans, Joseph Bates (33) 12b Boyne St, Dublin 2, was charged with entering a building known as Gerry Kennedy Furniture, 23rd February 2012 Kilmoyle, Killoe, Longford as a trespasser, with intent to commit theft contrary to Section 12 Criminal Justice Act 2001.

Garda Hugh Fallon gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and said Mr Bates, in response to the charge being read out, replied, “I apologise”.

Supt Ian Lackey, Granard Garda Station, told Judge Seamus Hughes that the DPP gave directions of trial by indictment and the State made an application to remand Mr Bates in custody.

Representing Mr Bates, Ms Brid Mimnagh, solicitor, said, “Mr Bates is very anxious to obtain his freedom; he did make a full admission. The reason behind this attempted offence was to help out a friend that was being chased for drugs money.”

Judge Hughes refused the application and remanded Mr Bates in custody. “By any stretch of the imagination, this is a very serious offence,” said Judge Hughes.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Longford District Court next Tuesday, February 28 and was granted Legal Aid.

Wearing a blue top and blue tracksuit bottoms, Ray Ward (34), 14 Colthurst Road, Huntingdon Glen, Lucan, Dublin was charged with entering a building known as Gerry Kennedy Furniture on 23rd February 2012 at Kilmoyle, Killoe, Longford as a trespasser, with intent to commit theft contrary to Section 12 Criminal Justice Act 2001. Mr Ward was further charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle, contrary to Section 112 of Road Traffic Act 1961.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Garda Orla Claire Geraghty said Mr Ward gave no reply when the charges were read out to him.

Similarly, the State applied for Mr Ward to be remanded in custody owing to the seriousness of the offence.

“He made full admissions during interview and has a substance abuse problem,” said Supt Lackey.

Ms Brid Mimnagh, solicitor representing, applied for bail because she said her client “has a very serious medical problem”. “He has already lost one kidney and has cancer,” she said.

When Judge Hughes questioned what type of cancer he had, Mr Ward could not give a clear indication and could not give a date of his next appointment. “It’s not fully gone yet,” said Mr Ward, speaking in court and not under oath.

He was also remanded in custody to appear at Longford District Court on February 28 next. Legal aid was also granted to Mr Ward.

Supt Lackey told the court that a third man arrested in connection with the attempted robbery has been omitted from garda enquires, but that a file will be sent to DPP.