Man facing trial over attempted pharmacy robbery
A man is facing trial charged with attempted robbery at a pharmacy.
An off-duty garda foiled the raid when he confronted the suspect and tackled him to the ground, a court heard.
Jason Halpin (43) is alleged to have been found with a kitchen knife on him after the officer intervened.
The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.
The court heard the DPP was consenting to the case being sent for trial.
Mr Halpin, of Corduff Road, Blanchardstown, is charged with attempting to rob the store manager at Lloyd's Pharmacy, Castleknock Shopping Centre.
He is also accused of un- lawful possession of a knife.
Blanchardstown District Court heard he denied the charges.
Gda Adrian Kildea said he arrested the accused, who made no reply to the charges after caution.
Gda Kildea said it would be alleged that Mr Halpin was observed by an off-duty garda, Donal O'Sullivan, while approaching the premises and acting in a "very suspicious manner".
Gda O'Sullivan contacted the local station and saw the acc-used running into the pharmacy, it was alleged.
The officer ran after him and saw Mr Halpin grabbing a woman and pushing her behind the counter, Gda Kildea maintained.
"He was in the process of carrying out a robbery," he said.
"He was confronted by Gda O'Sullivan and restrained on the ground.
"He was found in possession of a sharply pointed knife - a kitchen knife with a black handle. He was caught in the middle of carrying out the robbery."
Mr Halpin lived with his 70-year-old father and was his sole carer, his solicitor John O'Doherty said.
"His father is able to look after himself," Gda Kildea said.
"He denies the charges. No admissions were made in relation to the matters before the court," said Mr O'Doherty.
Mr Halpin would abide by bail conditions including signing on at a garda station and observing a curfew, the solicitor added.