Man charged with committing 1996 armed robbery

A Corkman aged 43 was arrested at Cork Airport and charged with carrying out an armed robbery almost 19 years ago at Bandon Rd post office.

Detective Garda Padraig Harrington arrested Christopher Keohane, formerly of The Crescent, Curraheen Estate, Wilton, Cork, at the airport last Thursday afternoon, September 24.

“I arrested him and conveyed him to the Bridewell,” the detective said.

Inspector Bill Duane told Judge Leo Malone at Cork District Court yesterday that gardaí had an extradition warrant to arrest the accused in England.

At 5.30pm on Thursday Mr Keohane was formally charged and cautioned that he did not have to reply, but that any reply made could be taken down and given in evidence.

The accused made no response to two charges.

He was charged that on November 15, 1996, at the post office on 14 Bandon Rd, Cork, he robbed £78,960 and had in his possession or under his control a firearm and ammunition, namely a Luigi Franchi shotgun and two shotgun cartridges, with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

Mr Keohane was also charged that on June 20, 1999, being a person in lawful custody at Cork Prison and having been transferred to Cork Regional Hospital (as it was then named), did escape therefrom, contrary to common law.

Inspector Bill Duane applied for an adjournment of the case until Thursday, October 1.

A book of evidence is to be served on Mr Keohane on the robbery charge and further directions are to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the escape charge.

Emmet Boyle, solicitor, was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid after Judge Leo Malone was told that Mr Keohane had no means.


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