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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Pharmacy raid suspect stays in custody

A MAN accused of threatening a pharmacist with a knife and forcing her to hand over cash and a large quantity of prescription drugs has been remanded in custody for two weeks to await DPP directions on the charge.

Desmond Dunne (34) allegedly used a T-shirt to mask his head and face, and he and an accomplice escaped with over €3,000 worth of cash and pills.

The accused, who is living in a hostel on Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, appeared before Cloverhill District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place at McCabe's Pharmacy in Ballymun on May 4.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the matter for two weeks for the DPP's directions on the charge.

Detective Garda Alan Lynch previously told a court that it will be alleged that Dunne and an accomplice entered McCabe's Pharmacy shortly after 1.30pm.

It will be alleged that the men headed straight for the controlled drug dispensary and demanded that staff empty the cabinet and hand over the drugs.

The detective said it will also be alleged that Dunne used a T-shirt to mask his head and face, and that he produced a knife and threatened staff with the weapon.

Garda Lynch said it will be alleged that the accused and his accomplice escaped with €2,000 in cash and a large quantity of controlled drugs, worth about €1,000.

It will also be alleged that Dunne had his face covered during the raid but was captured on CCTV from an adjoining premises as he left the pharmacy.

Defence solicitor Orla Farrell said there was consent to a two-week remand in custody for DPP's directions.

The matter was adjourned to a date in June.

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