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Saturday 10 December 2016

Alleged robber is told to avoid Chinese takeaway

Tallaght

Luke Kearns, Eden Park, Glasthule, Sandycove, pictured at Tallaght District Court
Luke Kearns, Eden Park, Glasthule, Sandycove, pictured at Tallaght District Court

A Dublin man accused of robbing a Chinese takeaway has been ordered not to go within 200 metres of the premises.

Luke Kearns (43) has also been ordered to have no contact with any potential witnesses for the duration of the case.

It is alleged the robbery of €70 cash was captured on CCTV.

Judge John Lindsay remanded Mr Kearns on bail to appear before the court again in October.

The accused appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged robbery took place at the Golden Kitchen Restaurant, Brookfield Shopping Centre in Tallaght on September 7 last.

Garda John Tuthill said Mr Kearns was arrested at 12.30am on September 7, shortly after the robbery allegedly occurred at 12.15am.

Gda Tuthill said Mr Kearns was later charged, and he made no reply to the charge after caution.

The garda objected to bail, saying he was not happy with the address that Mr Kearns had provided.

However, defence solicitor Grainne Whelan handed a number of documents into court which showed the accused man living at the address.

Ms Whelan also said that Mr Kearns - an unemployed father of two - was willing to abide by any bail conditions.

Judge Lindsay remanded Mr Kearns on bail in his own bond of €300, with a cash lodgement of €50.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Kearns is not to go within 200 meters of Brookfield Shopping Centre.

Contact

He has also been ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party or any witnesses in the case.

Furthermore, Mr Kearns must sign on three times each week at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.

He must also obey a curfew at his home address between 11pm and 7am.

The court heard that DPP's directions were outstanding on the charge.

The court heard that Mr Kearns, with an address at Eden Park in Glasthule, is unemployed and on social welfare and Ms Whelan was assigned on free legal aid.

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