THE trial of two Crumlin men charged in connection with a violent post office robbery in the city concluded dramatically at Kilkenny Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon when both pleaded guilty to robbery.
Philip Kerfoot, 172 Captain Road and David Atkinson, 169 Windmill Park, Crumlin initially denied robbery and having a firearm in their possession with intent at High Street on Friday, January 23, 2009 but two weeks into a trial which was expected to run into a third week the defendants entered guilty pleas to robbery. And following consultation with the DPP the fire arms charges weren’t proceeded with.
Post office staff spoke of their terror during the incident and witnesses gave accounts of how a traffic warden tried to intercept the raiders and another gave evidence of seeing a car registered to Mr Kerfoot two days before the robbery acting suspiciously in the area.
Judge Jerry Griffin remanded Kerfoot and Atkinson in custody to the next sitting of Kilkenny Circuit Court on Tuesday, April 9 for sentencing.
Prosecuting barrister Brian O’Shea said that €16,040 had been recovered by Gardaí following the robbery and he asked Judge Griffin to make an order for the return of that money to An Post.
Judge Griffin thanked the jurors for their attention over the fortnight of the trial and relieved them from jury service for a period of seven years. “The jury system has served us well and you’ve been an integral part of that.”