Two appear in court over robbery at Killybegs filling station

Two men arrested following a car chase by gardaí appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court yesterday .

Two appear in court over robbery at Killybegs filling station

Gavin Harte, aged 21, and Ivan Crawford, aged 24, were accused of robbing a filling station and recklessly damaging property in it in Killybegs, Co Donegal.

Mr Harte was also accused of dangerous driving at Upper Main Street, Donegal town, 38 kilometres away.

All the offences were alleged to have taken place on Saturday night.

Mr Harte, of Old Rossory Road, Enniskillen, and Mr Crawford, of Galliagh Road, Enniskillen, were charged before Judge Kevin Kilrane of robbing Gabriel Breslin of €400 cash and recklessly damaging a fridge freezer, a coffee machine, and a display stand in his filling station in Killybegs.

Supt Kevin English told the court there was an offensive weapon, an iron bar, used by the defendants at the filling station.

He said he opposed bail as there was a Garda chase and the defendants’ car came to an abrupt halt in The Diamond area of Donegal town where a lot of criminal damage was caused to other vehicles. He said there was an intention to escape into Northern Ireland.

Judge Kilrane observed: “There was a break for the border.”

He refused bail and both men were remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison, to reappear before Harristown District Court on Friday next.

Outside the court, gardaí said they were looking for a third man who slipped away in Donegal town at the scene of the arrest of Harte and Crawford.

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