Dublin hurler charged with Ardagh Post Office robbery due back in court this morning

A former Dublin hurler, who is charged with the armed robbery of Ardagh post office in Longford last week, is due back in court this monring.

Forty-four-year-old Alan Coyne, originally from Blanchardstown and with an address at Ballinree Cottage, Edgeworthstown, is charged with stealing €13,278 worth of cash at Ardagh Post Office on Wednesday last, October 16.

He is further charged with stealing a vehicle on the same date.

Mullingar District court last week heard that the accused went from hurling to heroin, how being sexually abused as a child led to his heroin addiction and how threats over a drug debt drove him to act as he did.

The court heard that Dublin native had been “clean” for more than five years but had relapsed a couple of months ago and that resulted in last Wednesday’s events

The court heard it was alleged that Mr Coyne entered Ardagh Post Office at about 2.40pm, his face half-covered by a baseball cap and wielding a small knife.

He instructed a customer to hand over the keys of her car, which was parked outside. He then took the money.

A delivery man who entered the Post Office was ordered to do nothing.

It is alleged that the accused then fled the scene in the stolen car heading in the Carrickboy, Edgeworthstown direction but crashed the vehicle a few minutes later.

The car rolled a couple of times and the money was recovered but the car was written off.

Judge Seamus Hughes remanded the accused in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear at Longford District Court this morning.]