Two men have appeared before a special sitting of Killarney District Court charged in connection with a robbery on Waterville Post Office on Wednesday.
Brian O’Sullivan, with an address at Coolies, Muckross, Killarney and Marcus O’Rourke of Rathanane, Kilcummin were each charged with four offences including robbery of cash to the value of 5000 euro approximately from post mistress Lisa O Reilly Foran, ramming a garda car, having a firearm or imititation firearm with intent to commit an offence, and damage to garda property.
The charges related to a robbery at Waterville Post Office on Wednesday morning and the subsequent ramming of a Garda car occupied by Detective Garda Christopher Manton and Garda Celine Ryle.
Supt Flor Murphy objected to bail for both men. Detective Sgt John Kelly of Killarney Garda Station described 46 year old Mr O Rourke as a chronic drug addict and outlined sections of the Bail Act under which he would be objecting to bail including concerns that the accused would commit further crimes if granted bail.
Sgt Eoin Donovan of Caherciveen Garda Station also objected to bail for 32 year old Brian O Sullivan on similiar grounds and including the possibility witnesses would be interfered with.
Judge James O Connor asked if the firearm had been an imitation and was told by Supt Flor Murphy said that this was still the subject of ongoing investigations.
Judge James O’Connor remanded both men in custody to appear again before next Thursday’s sitting of Tralee District Court. Solictor for both men Nuala Liston asked that free legal aid be approved and this was granted.
A large crowd had gathered in the vicinity of Killarney Courthouse and both men covered their heads while entering and leaving accompanied by a strong Garda presence.
However when leaving the Courthouse Mr O Sullivan shouted to the crowd “We ‘re f”king innocent men”.