09 December 2005

Robbery accused released on bail


The first person to be charged in connection with the Northern Bank robbery has been released on bail.

Dominic McEvoy, 23, from Mullandra Park in Kilcoo, faces two counts of false imprisonment and one of robbery in connection with the £26.5m raid.

Mr McEvoy was granted High Court bail on condition that he report to police twice daily and does not leave Northern Ireland.

Two south Down businessmen each provided sureties of £50,000.


Earlier this month Mr McEvoy's lawyer said his client had been prevented from making a bail application "because the authorites were withholding vital information".

Mr McEvoy was charged after his DNA was allegedly found at the Loughinisland home of a bank employee who had been held hostage.

The robbery at the bank's Northern Ireland headquarters at Donegall Square West in central Belfast, took place just before Christmas last year.

Of the 11 people questioned to date in connection with the robbery, three have appeared in court.

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