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Man charged with posing as Garda and robbing pensioner

Kenneth Lyons appeared before Cork District Court this morning.

A MAN HAS appeared in court in Cork today, charged in connection with the theft of a pensioner’s savings in the city on Sunday morning.

Kenneth Lyons , 29, from Willison Meadows in Blarney is charged with impersonating a member of the gardaí and the theft of €28,000 from Mathew Cahill on Wolfe Tone Street on Sunday morning, Newstalk reports.

RTÉ reports that Lyons is alleged to have claimed he was a member of the gardaí and that he had information there was going to be a robbery in the area.

He is alleged to have asked Cahill to produce any cash he had in the house so as that he could mark it in the event of a robbery. Cahill is reported to have produced money he withdrew from the bank because he did not think it would be safe. Lyons is alleged to have snatched the money and fled.

The 29-year-old was remanded in custody to appear again before Cork District Court next Thursday.

It is reported that as much as €19,000 of the money has been recovered by gardaí investigating the incident.

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