Teens in court after Kilmuckridge raids

DEFENDANTS JUST 15 AND 17 YEARS OLD

TWO DUBLIN teenagers aged just 15 and 17 years old have been charged in connection with the robbery of Kilmuckridge Post Office last week. They appeared before Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla at Wexford District Court on Monday.

The juvenile defendants, who cannot be identified because they are underage, are charged with robbing Emily Murphy of €7,300 at Kilmuckridge Post Office on June 9 as well as robbing Aisling Chawke of €600 at Centra, Kilmuckridge, on the same date.

Garda Michael Fitzgerald gave evidence of the defendants having been arrested by Garda Michael Kelly and Garda Michael Morrissey in Dublin last Friday afternoon, under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. They were detained at Enniscorthy Garda Station for questioning. They were released on Sunday last, June 12, shortly after 4 p.m. and re-arrested for the purpose of being charged.

They made no reply to the charges.

Garda Fitzgerald said that because of the unavailability of a parent or guardian, both defendants were charged in the presence of Peace Commissioner Tony Murphy. The garda asked for conditions to be imposed on their bail, including that they sign on twice daily at Kilmainham Garda Station between 8 a.m. and 12 noon and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; obey a curfew between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.; notify the gardai of any change of address, and stay out of Co. Wexford.

Judge O Buachalla remanded both accused on bail and adjourned the case to Gorey District Court on June 22 at Garda Fitzgerald's request .

Ed King, the solicitor who is representing the teenagers, was granted free legal aid on their behalf.

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