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Saturday 18 November 2017

Raider said he'd set fire to 'petrol', court hears

A MAN who allegedly poured fluid from a petrol can over four shop counters and threatened staff that he would ignite it if they did not hand over cash has been remanded in custody for two weeks.

Ronald Emmett (33) allegedly robbed three filling stations and a video store over a two-week period using the same method.

The defendant, of Cloonmore Gardens in Tallaght, appeared before Cloverhill District Court on four charges of robbery.

It was alleged the defendant went to Xtravision, Village Green, Tallaght on December 26 last with his hood up and his face covered with a scarf and carrying a red petrol container.

The court heard gardai believed the liquid poured from the can was mostly water, but staff handed over hundreds of euro in cash after he allegedly threatened to set it alight.

In the other incidents on December 27, January 4 and January 9, Emmett is alleged to have robbed three petrol stations.

No fluid was ignited in any of the incidents and no staff members were injured.

Judge Ann Watkin remanded Emmett in custody for two weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.

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