I was with my wife at time of robbery, claims accused

A Corkman accused of robbing a man in what was described as a vicious lunchtime attack in the city denied the crime and said he was with his wife waiting for his lunch in a café.

I was with my wife at time of robbery, claims accused

Five women and seven men heard evidence in for the trial of Trevor O’Sullivan, aged 38, with an address at Roche’s Buildings, Richmond Hill, Cork. He denies the robbery charge — the sole count against him.

The jury was told the defendant’s brother, Thomas O’Sullivan, aged 31, of 2 Comeragh Close, The Glen, Cork, had pleaded guilty to the same charge, namely robbery from a man at Spring Lane, Blackpool, Cork, on May 24.

Trevor O’Sullivan testified yesterday: “I was with my wife that day.”

Paula McCarthy, defending, asked the accused if he had any involvement in the robbery. He said: “No”.

It was put to him that €50 was robbed from the victim and €50 was found in his (Trevor O’Sullivan’s) pocket.

Dermot Sheehan, prosecuting, said: “Your brother, Thomas O’Sullivan, is found with the tobacco case that was robbed. That was just an unfortunate coincidence. And you were spotted with him later by the victim of the offence. That is an unfortunate coincidence. And when the description of the second man [involved in the robbery] matches you that is an unfortunate coincidence?”

Trevor O’Sullivan replied: “It is indeed, yeah.”

Mr Sheehan said that a further coincidence was that the unfortunate man who was subjected to a vicious attack was robbed of €50 and it was a €50 note that was found in Trevor O’Sullivan’s pocket when he was arrested. He replied, “Anyone could have €50 in their pocket. What harm is that? You could have €50 in your pocket.”

Trevor O’Sullivan said he was the victim of wrongful arrest and was only waiting for lunch in a café with his wife at the time of the crime.

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