04 November 2005

Man denies £26m bank raid charges


A man has been remanded in custody charged over last December's £26.5m Northern Bank robbery in Belfast.

Dominic McEvoy, 23, of Mullandra Park, Kilcoo, is accused of robbery, falsely imprisoning a bank worker and his wife and having a gun or imitation firearm.

Mr McEvoy read out a statement to the court in Belfast denying involvement in the robbery and also denying that he was a member of the Provisional IRA.

A detective said the case was based on circumstantial and forensic evidence.

Mr McEvoy, who was arrested in Kilcoo in County Down late on Tuesday, is the first person to be charged over the Northern robbery.

Detective Inspector Sean Wright said when Mr McEvoy was charged on Thursday he replied: "I had no involvement in the Northern Bank robbery or the kidnapping."

The police officer told the court it was alleged Mr McEvoy's DNA was found on a hat at bank official Kevin McMullan's home in Loughinisland.

As the defendant was being taken down to the cells a large group of men in the public gallery started to applaud and shouted out encouragement.


Three other men are still being questioned about the robbery in Belfast. A 25-year-old man was released without charge by police on Thursday.

He was also detained during searches in Kilcoo.

In County Tyrone on Thursday, a 40-year-old man was arrested in Dungannon and a 43-year-old man was arrested in Coalisland.

A 30-year-old man arrested in Belfast on Wednesday is also being questioned.

The robbery happened at the bank's Northern Ireland headquarters at Donegall Square West in Belfast on Monday 20 December.

Some money seized in County Cork last February was linked to the robbery, but virtually all of the missing millions remain unrecovered.

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