Man charged with Lordship credit union robbery applies for bail a third time

Brendan Treanor (33) was charged with participating in a robbery that occurred at the Lordship Credit Union, Co Louth in 2013
Man charged with Lordship credit union robbery applies for bail a third time

Eoin Reynolds

A man charged in connection with the robbery of a credit union, in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead, will apply for bail for a third time after his trial was put back to next year by the Special Criminal Court.Brendan Treanor (33), who is charged with participating in a robbery that occurred at the Lordship Credit Union, Co Louth, on January 25th, 2013, was due to go on trial at the three-judge, non-jury court in October.

On Thursday prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC said the State wants to try Mr Treanor alongside James Flynn for the same robbery. Mr Flynn, (31), originally from south Armagh, is currently awaiting an appeal against his extradition from the UK to Ireland to face the robbery charge. Mr Staines said the UK courts are expediting Mr Flynn's case and he expects the process to be completed by the end of July. If Mr Flynn is extradited, Mr Staines said lawyers would need to be appointed and would require time to prepare for his trial, which is expected to last 6 months.

Sean Guerin SC, for Mr Treanor, said his client has the right to a speedy trial and pointed out that he is in custody having previously been refused bail. He asked the court to try Mr Treanor on his own without delay, adding: "To wait in custody for 15 months is a significant imposition on the fair trial rights of the accused and at the limits of what can be justified."Mr Justice Hunt said he had to consider Mr Treanor's rights but said it is also undesirable to run two such lengthy trials separately. He said the six-month estimate was "astonishingly long" and he has to consider the cost involved. He set a new trial date of January 11th.Mr Guerin said his client will ask for a new bail hearing in light of the judge's decision. The hearing will take place on June 16th before the Special Criminal Court.Det Garda Donohoe (41) was on a cash escort when he was ambushed by a five-man gang and shot dead. The gang fled with €7,000 in cash.

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