Two 30-year-old men have been charged with assaulting a 93-year-old woman who fell to the ground and was dragged across the road after collecting her pension at a Cork post office.
Cork District Court learned today that the incident occurred on November 9 shortly after 4 in the afternoon, when the woman was collecting her pension at St Luke’s Post Office in the north of the city.
The two men are understood to have grabbed the woman’s bag and dragged her down the street as she tried to hold on to it. They fled the scene with the bag containing her pension, her phone and her house keys.
Damien Fitzgerald, 34, of Inniscarra Road, Fairhill, Cork, and Damien Long, 32, homeless but formerly of Ardbhaile, Mayfield, Cork, were charged with the robbery of the elderly woman in Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road.
Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said he was opposed to bail because of the seriousness of the charges and the strong nature of the evidence in the case.
Sergeant O’Sullivan also told Judge Olann Kelleher that he feared the men would flee if they were released on bail. He told the court that the men were captured by CCTV cameras at four different locations on the day of the crime.
The defendant promised the judge that he would appear in court to face the charges if he was granted bail in the case.
Both men had indicated they were willing to obey strict bail conditions, including signing to Garda stations.
However, Judge Kelleher returned the men to custody, citing the gravity of the charges.
The case has been updated by the indications of the DPP. The men will appear in court via video link on November 21.
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