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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Raid suspect storms door in court fury

CLAIM: Knifeman robbed chemist of f2k cash and drugs, judge is told

A MAN who is accused of threatening a pharmacist with a knife and forcing her to hand over cash and a large quantity of prescription drugs has been refused bail.

Desmond Dunne (34) smashed open the door to the cell area in Blanchardstown courthouse and repeatedly shouted "f**king b*****d you" at Judge Patrick McMahon after he was remanded in custody until the end of the week.

The accused claimed his mother was taken into St James's Hospital last weekend, and that he was very anxious to see her.

He also said that he'd been unable to speak to her since she went into hospital as he'd been in garda custody.

Dunne, who is living in a hostel on Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place at McCabe's Pharmacy in Ballymun on May 4.

Detective Garda Alan Lynch said Dunne was charged with the offence at 5.17pm on May 17. He was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and he made no reply after caution.

The detective objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence.

Gda Lynch said the offence carries a maximum penalty upon conviction in the Circuit Court of life imprisonment.



Demanded

He said it will be alleged that Dunne and an accomplice entered McCabe's Pharmacy shortly after 1.30pm.

It will be alleged that the men headed straight for the controlled drug dispensary and demanded that staff empty the cabinet and hand over the drugs.

The detective said it will also be alleged that Dunne used a T-shirt to mask his head and face, and that he produced a knife and threatened staff with it.

Gda Lynch said it will be alleged that the accused and his accomplice escaped with €2,000 in cash and a large quantity of controlled drugs, worth about €1,000.

The court heard that Dunne was captured on CCTV from an adjoining premises as he left the scene.

Defence solicitor Kerry O'Connor said that Dunne, who is unemployed and on social welfare, enjoys the presumption of innocence, and the matter is only an allegation at this stage.

Ms O'Connor also said that the accused man was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court, including a daily sign-on condition.

Judge McMahon refused bail and remanded Dunne in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court.

It was as Dunne was being led in to custody, he banged open the door to the cell area and started shouting obscenities at the judge.

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