Man to go on trial over armed robbery in Letterkenny

March 17, 2021

A MAN charged with an armed robbery in Letterkenny has been sent forward for trial.

Marcel Piatkowski (27) of no fixed abode is charged in connection with an incident at the Spar Express Filling Station in Glencar, Letterkenny on December 27th, 2020.

In January, bail was refused for Piatkowski, who appeared at Letterkenny District Court via video link from Castlerea Prison.

A previous sitting of the court heard that a man, who had a white bandana on his arm concealing a tattoo, entered the premises at around 9.40am and threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun.

The man fled on foot with a sum of cash and a quantity of cigarettes.

Later that day, Gardaí responded to reports of a theft of a vehicle and intercepted a car in Donegal Town. The car was being driven by Piatkowski and items from the robbery, included a suspected handgun, were located in the vehicle.

Other items recovered included a backpack, €304 in cash, two packs of 20 Players cigarettes and 24 packs of tobacco.

Gardai also found a white bandana in the car.

A book of evidence was served on solicitor Mr Donough Cleary.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton told the Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented for Piatkowski to be sent forward to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, which commences in April.

Judge Paul Kelly granted legal aid to Mr Cleary and assigned one legal counsel.