Two men charged in connection with a robbery at Waterville Post Office on Wednesday, August 3rd have been refused bail.
The applications made by the solicitor representing both men, Nuala Liston, were refused by Judge John King, who remanded the men in custody to appear again on August 25th.
32-year old Brian O’Sullivan, with an address at Coolies, Muckross, Killarney and 36-year-old Marcus O’Rourke of Rathanane, Kilcummin were each charged with four offences.
These includle robbery of cash to the value of aproximately €5000 from post mistress Lisa O’Reilly Foran, ramming a garda car, having a firearm – or imitation firearm – with intent to commit an offence and damage to garda property.
Detective Sergeant John Kelly of Killarney Garda Station objected to bail for Marcus O’Rourke under Section 2 of the Bail Act and the O’Callaghan Rules which relate to a number of considerations which a court should be consider when deciding whether an accused be granted bail.
Solicitor Nuala Liston said Mr O’Rourke would be “vigorously contesting the matters before the court” and would be prepared to live with his mother and sign on twice daily if bail was granted.
Judge King said in respect of the O’Callaghan Principle, the question was not just whether or not the accused would “show up”, the seriousness of the charge must also be considered.
He said a compelling presentation had been put before the court in respect of the State’s objection to bail.
Sgt Eoin Donovan of Cahersiveen Garda Station objected to the application for bail for Mr O’Sullivan and said the alleged offences were at the “upper end of the scale”.
Solicitor Nuala Liston said her client’s father was well-respected and if granted bail, Mr O’Sullivan would reside with his father.
She said her client would be “vehemently denying the charges”, to which Sgt Donovan replied, “that’s his prerogative”.
Judge King refused the applications for bail for Mr O’Rourke and Mr O’Sullivan and remanded the accused in custody to appear on August 25th.