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Monday 23 April 2018

Suspect in shop raids faces trial

A MASKED raider, who allegedly robbed cash from a Dublin convenience store and returned the following day and attempted to rob it a second time, is facing trial on the charges.

James Goulding (32) allegedly came into the Spar shop in Rathmines armed with a knife and forced staff to hand over €300 in cash on September 11 last.

When he returned the next day, it is alleged that he was brandishing a screwdriver, and was fended off by staff.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court. His accomplice is also facing trial on the charges.

Judge Grainne Malone remanded Goulding, with an address at Rosbercon Court, New Ross, Co Wexford, on bail to a date in December.

TEEN HID DRUG IN BEDROOM

A TEENAGER hid cannabis in an aftershave box in his bedroom, a court heard.

Mark Conroy (19) was caught with the drug after gardai raided his family home in Castleknock.

Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report and urinalysis and adjourned sentencing to a date in January.

Conroy, of Castleknock Glade in Castleknock, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis at on April 15 last.

Gardai said officers found a quantity of cannabis hidden in an aftershave box in his bedroom.

The street value of the drug was €250.

MAN HAD SPRAY 'FOR PROTECTION'

A MOTORIST caught with a can of incapacitant spray after gardai stopped and searched his vehicle had it for his own protection, a court heard.

Michael Collins (25) said he started getting into trouble after he began hanging around with the wrong crowd.

Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence but suspended it for two years.

The defendant, of Mellows Park in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a can of incapacitant spray at Liam Mellows Road in Finglas on July 16 last.

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