Two men charged with robbing Waterville Post Office change pleas to guilty

Two men charged with robbing Waterville Post Office last year have changed their pleas to guilty.

The trial, in its fourth day, of 38-year-old Marcus O’Rourke with an address at Rathanane, Kilcummin and 32-year-old Brian O’Sullivan of Coolies, Muckross, Killarney was taking place at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

This morning, before the trial resumed, Senior Counsels Anthony Sammon and David Sutton requested their clients be rearraigned.

Both Marcus O’Rourke and Brian O’Sullivan then entered guilty pleas to the four charges facing them.

These were robbing an unknown amount of case from postmistress Lisa O’Reilly Foran at Waterville Post Office on August 3rd last, possession of a firearm or imitation firearm, ramming a Garda car at Kilgobnet in which there was two Gardai and finally they pleaded guilty to damaging the Garda car.

The trial previously heard the men were seen leaving the post office at speed in a Ford Ka; the car was later found burnt out.

The pair then continued in a Mazda car which was the vehicle used to strike the Garda car an action Prosecuting barrister Tom Rice said created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to Gardai Christopher Manton and Celine Ryan.

Judge Tom O’Donnell remanded the pair in custody to April 3rd when a date will be fixed for sentencing.

The judge thanked the jury adding that a lengthy trial had been avoided by a change in plea.