Co Down man charged with robbery and abduction

As we suggested at the time, the investigation of Europe’s largest bank robbery would take some considerable time and resources before coming up with any tangible charges or evidence. It seems that the first clear moves are now in play. Dominic McEvoy is the first man to be charged with the robbery of the Northern Bank. McEvoy’s arrest in the small tightly knit village of Kilcoo caused a near riot. It’s very close to Loughinisland where one of the staff members lived and his wife was abducted. The arrest has been made on the basis of a positive DNA test on a hat in the hostage’s home, which has reportedly been all but abandoned since the abduction.

Update: PA

  • Henry94

    Well that’s the IRA off the hook then. We were told at the time that the absence of forensic evidence was an IRA trademark. So the presense of such evidence must clear them.

    However I would be very slow to convict on the basis of DNA found on something as transportable as a hat.

    Who here can say they never lost a hat, or had one stolen.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Clearly, there will need to be more compelling evidence than a DNA strand on a “hat” (I wonder what sort of hat it was ? Wouldn’t it be funny if it was a bowler hat .. ). I agree with Henry, hats are easily planted or transportable.

    My distant memory recalls – perhaps in error – that none of the robbers wore masks, so there is a possibility that the bank official or his wife might be willing to make a witness identification, ruling this individual in or out of the robbery. Certainly, as yet, we’ve seen nothing at the moment to provide evidence for IRA involvement.

    [Mick – now that you’re back, can you have a look into this 25 comment limitation that is unfortunately stifling the debate somewhat ? cheers..]

  • The ‘word on the streets’ in Republican circles is that the accused has no Republican connections whatsoever! This is definitely going to be interesting…

  • Comrade Stalin

    In this case I’m inclined to believe the “dogs in the street”, though if the accused have no connections then I wonder who is orchestrating the riots and crowds blocking roads around Kilcoo.

  • offer it up

    The unionist bias on this site is getting beyond a joke.

    Why is the story about the McCartney sisters not accepting an invite to the Women of the Year Awards because Baroness Thatcher was there? During the height of the Justice for Robert McCartney campaign and the sisters’ trip to the USA, this site alost ran a live blog. Why no mention of this? Could it be because the sisters’ aren’t attacking Sinn Féin?

    It proves what I have suspected all along. Unlike most republicans I know who supported the McCartney’s in their desire to bring their brother’s killers to justice, the media and other anti-republican elements were merely interested in the story as a means to attack Sinn Féin.

    Pathetic.

  • Offer it up,

    I agree entirely with your sentiments. Mick you have to take a look at this. Recently you replied (on another thread) to myself ststing that there was huge public interest in The McCartney case. Does this only apply when they are saying what the ‘mainstream’ wants them to say. Their comments about Thatcher are highly newsworthy and also very very interesting bearing in mind their previous comments about sections of The republican movements. If your lead bloggers are reflective of both sides where is the lead on this one?

    Also, where is the blog on the absolute dissection of Noel Thompson on Hearts and Minds by George Galloway? I have great respect for Noel. He is an outstanding interviewer but this is the first time I have seen him exposed so ruthlessly and effectively. His background information was poorly researched and Galloway ultimately exposed as something of a ‘Yes Man’ for the BBC. This was very dissapointing to me as I always thought Thompson was a little bit more radical and innovative than that…

  • Mick Fealty

    OIU:

    Thanks for the line on the McCartney story. I’ll look into it. I’m just back from five days in Denmark and for some time before that we’ve not had a normal Slugger service due to work being done off site to get us back up and running. It may take me day or two to get my eye back in.

    Now, I don’t mind a bit of healthy criticism. That’s all to the good. But given the sometimes trivial and entirely off-topic nature of the comments so far, I have to wonder if anybody actually interested in what Gerry actually said here?

    How about the uncharacteristic nature of the interview’s economic material? Or whether this betokens a sea change in how the southern media may be starting to treat Sinn Fein as a serious political player in the southern polity?

    Any takers?

  • Mick Fealty

    McS,

    I’m only getting to watch the H&M interview this afternoon. It will be blogged as soon as I can get time to watch it! I had to start somewhere. The previous PK interview was one of the reasons I started on this story first.

  • Henry94

    Mick

    I think you’re a bit off-topic yourself. What have Sinn Fein’s economic policies go to do with a man being charged with a bank robbery.

  • Mick Fealty

    Henry, I think I need a break. It’s just that I’m getting lambasted for the same thing in two threads simultaneously. See youse later after I’ve a had a good lie down!

  • joc

    Mcs,

    Also, where is the blog on the absolute dissection of Noel Thompson on Hearts and Minds by George Galloway? I have great respect for Noel. He is an outstanding interviewer but this is the first time I have seen him exposed so ruthlessly and effectively. His background information was poorly researched and Galloway ultimately exposed as something of a ‘Yes Man’ for the BBC. This was very dissapointing to me as I always thought Thompson was a little bit more radical and innovative than that…

    Come off it – Gorgeous George got trounced and came across as the ….. Well I don’t want to get caught playing M rather than B.

  • Henry94

    Thompson did his usual trick of concentrating on a minor issue to the frustration of the interviwee and the interested viewer.
    As usual he has the support of those who see interviewing as a childish game of Gotcha!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Mick, I don’t think you should worry about the pathetic whining of a few anonymous MOPErs.

    To me, the phrase “unionist bias” means “A Tangled Web”. It does not mean “failing to publish an article about the McCartney sisters”. The logic required to make this judgement is amazing. Failure to report certain McCartney related affairs means you must be a unionist ? [huge numbers of people who were not unionists attacked Sinn Fein following the McCartney murder…]

  • joc

    Thompson did his usual trick of concentrating on a minor issue to the frustration of the interviwee and the interested viewer.
    As usual he has the support of those who see interviewing as a childish game of Gotcha!

    Or it could be the case that he refused to let GG bamboozle us with his apparently impressive empty rhetoric.

  • Henry94

    Comrade Stalin

    I think it is fair to say that there was saturation coverage of the bank job and the McCartney case here. Of course that was also true of the MSM. It does give the impression that the site is, if not pro-Unionist, then certainly anti-Sinn Fein.

    I am starting to enjoy A Tangled Web. It has more international topics which makes for a bit of variety.

  • Henry94

    joc

    Or it could be the case that he refused to let GG bamboozle us with his apparently impressive empty rhetoric.

    Do you need the interviewer to protect you from the interviewee. Or is it other people you think need protecting.

  • Mick Fealty

    Should I start a thread called ‘Slugger’s biases’ so that people can get on with discussing the other various topics we have in hand? In the meantime the GG story is now up.

  • joc

    Henry94,

    Not really – I just enjoy seeing GG getting a run for his money.

  • Comrade Stalin

    One further question about the robbery. This might be really stupid, but how did the police know where to find the man that they’ve charged ?

    They obviously got a DNA strand when they searched McMullan’s house to begin with, but something else must have caused them to arrest McEvoy and connect him with the strand .. ?

  • jim

    If other DNA samples were found on the hat, how can this prove that he was at the scene ?

    His solicitor said in court that he had given police a full account of his whereabouts on the night in question.

    This could presumably, be corroborated by others.

    Should be interesting to follow in the coming weeks.

    Im not a legal type, but does all the evidence have to be disclosed at this early stage or could there be other evidence ??

  • iluvni

    ‘His solicitor said in court that he had given police a full account of his whereabouts on the night in question.’

    What an amazing memory he has to remember where he was on whatever date it was a year ago.
    Wonder if he can memorise the phone book too.

  • Comrade Stalin

    It is simply not going to be sufficient that this man’s DNA happens to have been found on a garment that happens to have been found in the house of one of those kidnapped. We’re at the very least going to have to understand how that garment got there, and how the police came to link the garment with the person charged.

  • jim

    The hat in question was actually found at the bottom of the garden, beside the road, according to this mornings papers.

  • Henry94

    iluvni

    What an amazing memory he has to remember where he was on whatever date it was a year ago.

    It’s hard to win isn’t it. If you can’t account for your movements you’re suspect and if you can you’re suspect.

  • missfitz

    On the TV re-enactment, the men who came to the door were wearing PSNI uniforms and hats. Which would mean the “hat” in question would be a police-style hat.

    Dont ya love irony

  • Gonzo

    Comrade Stalin

    Perhaps the accused had been arrested for another crime and DNA taken then, or perhaps he had been identified visually, and DNA subsequently recovered (perhaps surreptitiously) to corroborate the witness report.

  • rebel heart

    the accused his mother said in the irish news recently had only been arrested once before and that was also about an abduction two years ago. Surely this rings some bells does he specialise in this activity.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Gonzo, those are the logical conclusions I’d been thinking of when I posed the question.

    What they mean though is most important; this chap was known to the police :

    * either through some unrelated activity beforehand that led the police to take a DNA sample (under what circumstances do the police normally take such a sample ?)

    * or due to other (witness testimony?) evidence leading the police to the arrest. I’ve a feeling that this is the case. If this is so, it will be quite difficult for people to claim that this chap has been fitted up.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Flash : a second man has been charged with the robbery..

    BBC story

  • well y’all will have to ‘hang on t’yer hats’ for the trial; but I think Comrade Stalin steals this thread with his impressive:
    I wonder what sort of hat it was ? Wouldn’t it be funny if it was a bowler hat .. )

  • Dread Cthulhu

    As for connecting him to the crime, two possibilities offer themselves up immediately. The first would be if he had committed a crime that led to his registry in the genetic database and the second would be if someone near to him — parent or sibling, primarily, had been in the database.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Flash : A third person has been charged with the robbery.

    RTE story

  • bill

    The person charged this evening is accused of collecting information and having documennts.

    No mention of a bank robbery

  • Comrade Stalin

    Bit disingenuous there, Bill. The police have charged him in connection with the robbery, but the charges themselves obviously aren’t of the actual robbery.

    As I’ve said, we’ll have to see how all the court cases go.