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Saturday 19 October 2019

'I hear voices all the time', woman charged with robberies tells court

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A woman who allegedly robbed a pharmacy and stabbed a staff member who chased her in the arm has said she "hears voices all the time".

Ennis Dunne (40) said she was trying to get into a detox centre and had gone "cold turkey" off her medications so she could get a bed more quickly.

She also said she had "blacked out" and that the voices she hears are more "acute when she's off her medication".

The 40-year-old Dubliner is charged with four robberies and two serious assaults in the past 12 months.

Judge John Lindsay refused bail and remanded her in custody for one week.

The accused, with addresses at Ushers Quay, Dublin 8, and North Circular Road, Dublin 1, is most recently charged with robbery at the Maple Pharmacy, Navan Road, Dublin 7, and with seriously assaulting a staff member during the same incident on July 28.

Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Dublin District Court heard Ms Dunne had allegedly gone into the pharmacy armed with a knife and had threatened workers, demanding prescription medication and taking a staff member's handbag.

Fled

A garda witness alleged Ms Dunne was chased out by a second staff member, who was stabbed in the upper right arm. She was taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries.

The garda alleged Ms Dunne then fled the scene.

In a second incident, last June 26, Ms Dunne allegedly entered Shades Hair & Beauty on Mary's Lane North, Dublin 1, armed with what staff believed was a syringe.

She allegedly demanded money and mobile phones before making off with €20 and a tablet device. Gardai said the hairdresser and a customer were visibly shaken.

Ms Dunne is further accused of robbing Shades Hair & Beauty last November 29.

In this incident, it is alleged that she entered the shop and locked the door before producing a syringe and demanding cash. She allegedly made off with €220.

In a fourth incident, Ms Dunne is accused of producing a blade during the theft of €800 in cash from Collis Pharmacy on North Circular Road last December 16.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury asked the judge to grant bail, saying Ms Dunne could live with her father in Dunshaughlin.

He was suffering from cancer and she was caring for him, the solicitor said.

She said Ms Dunne had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and struggled with benzodiazepine tablets.

In her evidence, Ms Dunne said she had struggled with addiction and mental health issues for most of her life.

She said she was on a number of prescription medicines and had also made a number of suicide attempts.

Ms Dunne begged Judge Lindsay to grant her bail, saying she wanted to go into a treatment centre and sort herself out.

The judge remanded her in custody until August 15.

He also directed that she receive medical attention while in custody.

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