Tralee Circuit Criminal Court today heard the eye witness account of a Dutch family holidaying in Kerry at the time of the alleged robbery of Waterville Post Office on August 3rd last.
Saskia Heijnen and her father Mathjis Heijnen, from Voorburg in the Netherlands, gave their account of events at the post office on the morning in question.
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’ve pleaded 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.
Saskia Heijen was on vacation in Waterville with her parents Mathjis and Sandra, on the morning of August 3rd, 2016.
She told the court, at 11:32am, she entered the post office as her mother wished to purchase a stamp.
She said a guy brushed past her, which she thought was rude, followed in quick succession by another guy, whom she claimed was ‘holding a gun’.
She said her father Mathjis yelled ‘get out’ so she left the shop.
Ms Heinjin said the men’s faces were masked; she said they were wearing ‘running trousers’ which were dark blue or black.
She said one of the men had, what she thought was ‘a black automatic handgun with a magazine’ which she said he pointed towards the ceiling.
The court was then shown CCTV footage of Ms Heinjin in Waterville Post Office at 11:32am.
Her father Mathjis took the stand and said he saw one of the masked men carrying a ‘yellow crowbar’.
He said he told his daughter to photograph a Ford Ka parked outside on her smartphone because he thought it ‘could help afterwards with evidence’. This photograph was shown to the court.
Mr Heinjin said he saw the two men get into the Ford Ka, which ‘drove away with screaming tyres’.
The trial continues tomorrow morning at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.