belfasttelegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Man due to stand trial over Northern Bank robbery

Chris Ward was interviewed on BBC's Spotlight programme. He described how he had been held captive in the run-up to the raid and said he was completely innocent

The trial of a 26-year-old man accused of the £26m Northern Bank robbery is due to get underway today.

Christopher Ward, a former bank official, denies robbing the bank in December 2004.

He is the only person in Northern Ireland to stand trial over the Northern Bank robbery.

The former bank official is charged with the £26m raid and falsely imprisoning bank colleague Kevin McMullan and his wife Karen.

The non-jury trial is due to begin this morning at Belfast Crown Court.

The robbery, now nearly four years, caused a major political crisis when the PSNI declared it was the work of the IRA, a claim that is always been denied by republicans.

As part of the investigation, Gardai arrested Cork chef Don Bullman at Heuston Station in Dublin in early 2005. He was found in possession of a Daz washing power box containing more than €90,000.

He was jailed last year for IRA membership but never charged in connection with the Northern Bank robbery.

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