Court hears of dramatic car chase following Waterville Post Office robbery

Bealach Oisín / Ballaghisheen

Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard details of dramatic events on a mountain pass involving a Garda vehicle and a car following the robbery of Waterville Post Office on August 3rd of last year.

38 year old Marcus O’Rourke with an address at Rathanane, Kilcummin and 32 year old Brian O’Sullivan of Coolies, Muckross, Killarney are both charged in connection with the robbery.

They entered pleas of not guilty in relation to four offences: the robbery of an unknown amount of cash from Waterville post mistress Lisa O’Reilly Foran; possession of a firearm – or imitation firearm – with intent to commit an offence; ramming a garda car which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm, and damaging property.
Prosecuting barrister for the State Tom Rice outlined events following the alleged robbery at Waterville Post Office to the six women and six men of the jury.

Two men were witnessed leaving the post office at speed in a blue Ford Ka, which was later found burned out.

They are thought to have continued in a Mazda over the remote mountain pass of Bealach Oisín.

A Garda patrol car from Killorglin, travelling westward, attempted to halt the vehicle at the top of the pass but the Mazda managed to evade the patrol car.

Garda detectives from Killarney, also in pursuit, then encountered the Mazda at Kill, Kilgobnait.

As the Mazda appeared to be stationary, the patrol car stopped, at which point ‘two heads popped up in the car’ and the Mazda reversed into the Garda car, striking it.

These actions, prosecuting barrister Tom Rice said, endangered Gardaí Christopher Manton and Celine Ryle, created a substantial risk of death or serious harm, and damaged Garda property.

The trial continues at Tralee Circuit Criminal Circuit this morning.