Steelworker accused of shop raid
A YOUNG man has appeared in court accused of robbing an assistant in a convenience store at knifepoint.
Derek Mills (21) is alleged to have robbed staff in two convenience stores in Tallaght of over €1,000 in the space of 10 days.
Mills was remanded on bail for DPP's directions on the charges but was ordered to stay out of Tallaght and to obey a strict twice-daily signing on condition. Mills, with an address at St Anthony's Road in Rialto, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with robbing €790 from Spar, Belgard Square, on February 16 last.
He is also alleged to have produced a steak knife during the course of the robbery.
He is further charged with robbing €500 from Spar, Tallaght Cross, on February 7.
Detective Garda Kieran McGrath said Mills was charged shortly before 1.30pm on February 17. He was handed a true copy of each charge sheet, and he made no reply after caution.
Garda McGrath had no objection to bail, subject to a number of strict bail conditions.
Judge James McDonnell remanded Mills on bail in his own bond of €500 and ordered him to live with his mother in Rialto.
Mills must obey a curfew between 10pm and 8am and sign on twice daily at Kilmainham Garda Station.
Judge McDonnell also ordered Mills to stay out of the Tallaght area.
The court heard that Mills is a steelworker but is currently unemployed. Legal aid was assigned to Tony Collier.
Judge McDonnell adjourned the matter for six weeks to a date in April for DPP's directions on the charges.