Two men appear in court over aggravated burglary in Donegal

 

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Two men arrested following a car-chase by Gardai appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court today.

Gavin Harte, 21, and Ivan Crawford, 24, were accused of robbing a filling station and recklessly damaging property in it in Killybegs, Co. Donegal.

Harte was also accused of dangerous driving later at Upper Main Street, Donegal town 38 kilometres away.

All the offences were alleged to have happened on Saturday night.

 Harte, of Old Rossory Road, Enniskillen, and Crawford, of Galliagh Rd, Enniskillen, were charged before Judge Kevin Kilrane of robbing Gabriel Breslin of €400 cash and recklessly damaging a fridge freezer, a coffee machine and a display stand in his filling station in Killybegs.

Supt Kevin English told the court there was an offensive weapon, an iron bar, use by the defendants at the filling station.

He said he opposed bail as there was a Garda chase and the defendants’ car came to an abrupt halt in The Diamond area of Donegal town where a lot of criminal damage was caused to other cars.

There was an intention to escape into Northern Ireland

Judge Kilrane observed: “There was a break for the border.”

 He refused bail and both men were remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison to reappear before Harristown District Court next Friday.

Outside the court Gardai said they were looking for a third person who escaped at the scene of the arrests of Harte and Crawford in Donegal town.

It's believed he has left the jurisdiction.