Hunt for book of evidence 16 years after it was served

A book of evidence in a robbery case was served on the accused man so long ago that the prosecution and defence indicated yesterday that neither of them had a copy of the 16-year-old book.

Christopher Keohane, formerly of The Crescent, Curraheen Estate, Wilton, Cork, is charged with robbing the post office on Bandon Road on November 15 1996, of £78,960 and having a firearm and ammunition in his possession .

The book of evidence in the case was served on Keohane on that charge in 1999.

Keohane is also charged with escaping from custody on June 20, 1999, after he was transferred from Cork prison to Cork Regional Hospital, as it was then named .

Inspector Adrian Gamble said in relation to the robbery book of evidence: “Due to the nature of the matter and the passage of time, this is a historical book of evidence. It was served in 1999.”

The inspector said the prosecution did not have a copy of the book. Emmet Boyle, defence solicitor, indicated that neither did she.

Both prosecution and defence applied to the court so that Judge John King would direct that a copy of the court copy of the book of evidence would be sent to each of them.

Judge King directed that this would be done as soon as possible. He then adjourned the case until November 5. The accused was remanded in custody until then.


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