Men plead not guilty to false imprisonment of Securicor driver

by Gazette Reporter

The brother-in-law of one of the men accused of a €2.28 million Securicor robbery has told a jury that he bought a car off that accused for €6,000 in cash the year before.

Defence witness Graham Coleman said he got a loan and paid his brother-in-law Niall Byrne (36) cash for the Peugeot vehicle in September, 2004.

He told Seamus Clarke SC, prosecuting, that he couldn’t recall Mr Byrne purchasing a motorcycle for €7,000 or a BMW car about six months after that.

The witness accepted he was aware that a BMW had been taken off his brother-in-law arising from these court proceedings.

He told Jane Horgan-Jones BL, defending Mr Byrne, that he couldn’t remember his brother-in-law purchasing these vehicles as he doesn’t pay attention to what other people buy.

Mr Byrne (36), Mark Farrelly (47), Christopher Corcoran (70) and David Byrne (45) have all pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the false imprisonment of Securicor cash-in-transit driver Paul Richardson and his family at their home at Ashcroft, Raheny, on March 13 and 14, 2005.

Niall Byrne of Crumlin Road Flats; Mr Farrelly of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; Mr Corcoran of Rosedale, Raheny, and David Byrne of Old Brazil Way, Knocksedan, Swords, also pleaded not guilty to robbing Mr Richardson and Securicor of €2.28 million on March 14, 2005.

A council worker confirmed that she had prepared the registration particulars for the car Niall Byrne had sold to Mr Coleman in 2004, when she was shown the document in court.

She told Mr Clarke that she couldn’t recall giving evidence at a previous trial about a motorbike registered as new under Mr Byrne’s name.

She accepted that she would have been in a position to bring the relevant registration documents to court had she been asked to do so.

At the time of press, the trial is continuing before Judge Melanie Greally.

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