£10,000 stolen in armed robbery in Coleraine

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A GUN was placed on the back of a cash-in-transit van security guard’s leg during an armed robbery in which £10,000 was stolen in Coleraine on Saturday, a court in the town heard on Monday.

25-year-old Jason Kennedy of Drumtarsey Road, Coleraine, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court charged with robbery and possession of a firearm with intent.

A police officer said he believed Kennedy was the get-away driver.

The officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges and said around 2pm on Saturday staff at B&M in the Riverside Retail Park in Coleraine said £10,000 had been picked up and the security guard was then robbed by two males, one with a handgun and the other with a crowbar.

The officer said the gun was placed on the back of the guard’s leg and he was ordered to hand over a case and the two males then ran off towards wasteland and escaped through a hole in a fence.

He said a car in the area was believed to be Kennedy’s and after a male with a bag got into it, it drove off towards Castleroe.

Kennedy was arrested at his home and the court heard the vehicle was bought the day before.

The officer agreed with a defence solicitor he was not suggesting Kennedy was one of the two males involved in the robbery but that he was the alleged driver.

The officer said the £10,000 and the firearm have still not been recovered.

The defence solicitor said nothing was found during a search of Kennedy’s home.

District Judge Liam McNally refused bail and Kennedy was remanded in custody to appear back at the same court via video link on August 17.