Attempted robbery trial hears DNA matches that of late criminal
on 26/10/2012 18:17:18
Joseph Warren (aged 30), who is facing trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of plotting the attempted theft with five other men, was driving the Mazda 626 that day.
Mr Warren, of Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco supermarket on the Shackleton Road in Celbridge, Kildare on November 2, 2007.
The jury had previously heard that Warren admitted to gardaí that he was in the Mazda in Celbridge on the day in question - one of four cars used that day.
He has also admitted the other men in the "convoy" were Eamon Dunne, Michael Ryan, Jeffrey Morrow and brothers, Alan and Wayne Bradley.
The court heard that all six men had fingerprints and DNA samples taken from them which were then compared with any fingerprints and DNA traces found in connection with the alleged conspiracy.
Sandra McGrath, a forensic expert who works in the science laboratory of the Department of Justice, said she examined objects found in the four cars involved in the incident.
Ms McGrath told Deirdre Murphy SC, prosecuting that DNA from Mr Dunne was discovered on the handles of a sport bag found in the boot of a Mazda 626 which Mr Warren was travelling in.
The court also heard that the SIM card of a mobile phone found in that car bore DNA traces belonging to Dunne.
She agreed with Ciaran O'Loughlin SC, defending, that none of the DNA profile samples matched that of Joseph Warren.
Two other phones found in the same car carried DNA traces belonging to Jeffrey Morrow and Alan Bradley.
The jury also heard evidence that fingerprints of Joseph Warren were found on a white suit.
Fingerprint expert Detective Garda Richard Hynes said three of Mr Warren's prints were on the white suit, while one finger print belonging to Michael Ryan was left on a copy of the Herald AM newspaper, dated November 2, 2007.
The court also heard that one mark was left on a consaw found at the scene of the incident, but that it had been unidentifiable.
The trial is due to resume next Tuesday before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of seven men and five women.