Lawyer for alleged Cork getaway driver argues conflicting evidence presented in 'Operation Evening Mass' case

Lawyer for alleged Cork getaway driver argues conflicting evidence presented in 'Operation Evening Mass' case

John Faulkner, 38, of 4 Adelaide Place, St. Luke’s, Cork, denies charges of entering a house as a trespasser to commit a theft at Freemount, Charleville, County Cork, on Saturday, October 19 2019, and endangerment by allegedly passing a car on the inside of a left-hand bend and causing criminal damage to a garda car at Banteer in County Cork, as well as related charges.

A defence lawyer for a man who denies being the getaway driver for an organised burglary at the home of a couple in their 80s who were attending evening mass claimed there was conflicting evidence about two gear bags in the accused man’s car.

John Faulkner, 38, of 4 Adelaide Place, St. Luke’s, Cork, denies charges of entering a house as a trespasser to commit a theft at Freemount, Charleville, County Cork, on Saturday, October 19 2019, and endangerment by allegedly passing a car on the inside of a left-hand bend and causing criminal damage to a garda car at Banteer in County Cork, as well as related charges.

His barrister John Temple cross-examined Detective Superintendent Vincent O’Sullivan who was in charge of the investigation when it went under the name Operation Pawn and Operation Evening Mass.

Mr Temple BL said the Detective Superintendent had told the jury about two bags allegedly being discarded from the car when it was described as travelling at 150 kilometres per hour on country roads. 

The defence barrister said that in April 2020 when two other men were sentenced after being caught at or just outside the house in question, the detective superintendent referred to the gear bags being found in the car.

Mr Temple asked if the bags were thrown from the car or found in the car. 

The detective superintendent said what he meant was that, “The clothes came from the Focus.” 

Mr Temple also asked why – if there was a getaway car – that there were not suitable garda cars in the area to block the roads.

Det. Supt. O’Sullivan replied, “The whole thing was to wait for them to come to us. I have no doubt as soon as John Faulkner dropped off the co-accused he was scouting around to see who else was around. It would have been madness to put surveillance cars around the house.” 

The trial before Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin and a jury of seven men and five women at Cork Circuit Criminal Court continues tomorrow.

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