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Monday 24 September 2018

Pizza man 'tackled and held' armed raid accused

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A man who allegedly held up a Dublin pizzeria was chased by a staff member who "tackled him to the ground".

Stuart Behan (38) is accused of making off with cash after producing a firearm and dem- anding money.

Judge Michael Walsh granted him bail at Dublin District Court and adjourned the case for the directions of the DPP.

Mr Behan, of Aisling Close, Dublin 12, is charged with theft at Portobello Pizzeria, South Richmond Street.

The prosecuting garda objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations.

She said it was the prosecution's case that Mr Behan entered the premises at 10.38pm on December 17 while two staff members, a man and a woman, were working behind the counter.

It was alleged that he produced a firearm and demanded money, getting €80, and fled from the shop.

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The court heard he was chased by the male worker, who tackled him to the ground and held on to him until gardai arrived and arrested him.

It was alleged that Mr Behan was "caught red-handed" and that the firearm and money taken were recovered. The accused was arrested and made no reply to the charge after caution.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister applied for bail, saying the accused was living with his mother and would turn up in court.

He was "of relatively minor means" but would abide by any conditions.

The lawyer said Mr Behan had experienced a "degree of homelessness in the recent past." Judge Walsh granted bail in the defendant's own cash bond of €100.

Under the bail conditions, he must live at the address given and observe a curfew between 10pm and 8am.

Judge Walsh remanded him in custody with consent to bail until he is able to take bail up.

He also granted free legal aid after hearing there were no garda objections.

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