Men charged with robbing worker of electric scooter

TWO men have been charged with robbing a worker who allegedly had his electric scooter stolen at knifepoint and was left “traumatised.”

Jamie French and Jake O’Sullivan were allegedly caught “red-handed” in a car with the scooter in the boot after the man reported being robbed on his way to work.

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Blanchardstown District Court

Judge Gerard Jones granted them both bail despite garda objections and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr French, aged 27 with an address at Tallaght Cross West and 19-year-old Mr O’Sullivan, of Exchange Hall, Tallaght Town Centre are both charged with robbery.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin on October 28.

Gardai objected to bail in both cases, citing the nature and seriousness of the allegations.

The court heard both accused were arrested in the same car at Neilstown Road, Clondalkin on October 28.

Mr French made no reply when charged after caution and Mr O’Sullivan replied: “It’s not me.”

The court heard the alleged victim was a man in his 30s on his way to work on an electric scooter when he was approached by two males and robbed of it at knifepoint.

“Knives were produced to his chest” and in fear he dropped the scooter, a prosecuting garda said. Both males took it, it was alleged.

A vehicle was stopped matching a description given by the alleged victim. It was alleged that Mr French was a front seat passenger and the scooter was recovered from the boot.

A prosecuting garda said in interview, Mr French “admitted his part in the offence”, saying that he assisted placing the scooter into the boot.

The man was “traumatised,” the garda said. Another garda said Mr O’Sullivan was also an occupant of the car that was stopped and admitted “involvement in the robbery.”

Gardai alleged both accused were “caught red-handed.”

Defence Solicitor John O’Doherty said the accused were presumed innocent and entitled to bail. They would abide by conditions if granted bail, he said.

Mr French had a “stable address” and could live at his partner’s home if granted bail.

Judge Jones granted bail in both cases, in the accused’s own bonds of €100, with independent sureties of €500 each.

Under conditions, they are to sign on three times weekly at Tallaght Garda Station and provide mobile phone numbers to gardai.

They were both remanded in custody with consent to bail, to Cloverhill District Court on a later date.

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