The charge against two women alleged to have been involved in the attempted robbery of a loans officer is too serious to be heard in the district court.
That was the verdict of Judge Denis McLoughlin at Edenderry District Court when he refused jurisdiction in the cases of two Offaly women.
21 year old Nicola Connell of Woodlawn Drive, Clonbullogue and 22 year old Lisa Connolly of Fr Murphy Street Edenderry are both charged with attempted robbery at Ballinowlarth on August 12 last.
Inspector Kieran Keyes said the two women were part of a gang of two men and two women who followed the loans officer, who works for a private company, in a car after she left Connell’s Clonbullogue home at around six o’clock.
At around 6.35pm, he said the two males attempted to rob the woman who was working in her car in a rural area after she had made another collection.
She managed to make her escape but the inspector said she was traumatized by the incident.
Books of Evidence are due to be prepared for their next court appearance on July 9 when it’s expected the case will be sent forward to the superior court.