Dad 'used meat thermometer in €900 garage raid'
A father-of-one held up a petrol station with a pointed meat thermometer in an alleged armed robbery on Halloween night, a court has been told.
Stephen O'Doherty (50) is accused of stealing €900 after threatening staff with the metal implement, which gardai found discarded near the scene.
Judge Anthony Halpin refused him bail and remanded him in custody to appear in court again next week.
Mr O'Doherty, from Blakestown Road, Mulhuddart, is charged with robbing staff of €900 cash at Applegreen Service Station, Grange Road, Baldoyle.
Garda Marie Geraghty told Dublin District Court she was objecting to bail based on the nature and seriousness of the charge and allegations.
She said it was alleged the accused entered the service station armed with a sharp metal implement that was later identified as a meat thermometer.
It was alleged he was with another man and he threatened staff with the sharp metal point of the thermometer.
Gardai obtained CCTV footage in which a man is seen entering the service station armed with the implement, the garda said.
He was wearing the same clothes that the accused wore when he was later apprehended by gardai, it was alleged.
The "weapon" was recovered near the scene of the raid, the garda said. The directions of the Director of Public Prosections (DPP) were not yet available.
Mr O'Doherty's lawyer, Jenny McGeever, told the court the accused's mother died "a pretty harrowing death" in "very tragic circumstances" in February this year and his father had taken that very badly and had "something of a mental collapse".
The accused was "trying to pick up the pieces", was caring for his father and struggling to pay the €7,000 funeral debt.
"All the purported evidence against him is testable and enjoys a presumption of innocence," Ms McGeever said.
Mr O'Doherty's wife suffered from severe health problems and he was also visiting her three to four days per week and looking after her housekeeping, the lawyer added.
The accused was unemployed, on disability allowance and contributing in relation to his four-year-old child who lived with a former partner.
In evidence, Mr O'Doherty said if granted bail, he would "abide by any rules". The gardai had treated him "fair and square" since his arrest, he said.
The accused said he had spent the previous two nights staying at his wife's address in North Cumberland Street in the city centre.
Judge Halpin refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on November 7.