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Saturday 23 August 2014

Man appears in court charged with robbing restaurant

Andrew Phelan

Published 30/06/2014 | 13:09

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A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with robbing a restaurant in the south city centre.

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Brian Comiskey (35) was charged following an incident in which staff were allegedly threatened and cash taken at a cafe.

Judge Cormac Dunne remanded him in custody at Dublin District Court after no bail application was made on his behalf.

The accused, with an address at Iveagh Trust House, Old Bride Street, Dublin 8 is charged with robbing Rosie's Cafe, Werburgh Street of €130 on June 29.

Garda Aidan Hynes told the court he arrested the accused yesterday at Old Bride Street and brought him to Kilmainham Garda Station, where he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Mr Comiskey's barrister Kate O'Toole said she was not making an application for bail at this time. Gardai were objecting to bail.

Judge Dunne said he would defer this issue and remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on July 4, for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

He granted free legal aid after the hearing the accused was unemployed.

The judge also made an order for disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence. Garda Hynes confirmed that a number of statements had been taken and there was also CCTV evidence.

The accused, wearing a red top and navy tracksuit bottoms, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

According to gardai, a lone male entered the restaurant at 10.30am and threatened the staff with what is described as a scissors. He left the premises with a sum of money and was followed for a distance by a member of staff.

A garda unit responding to the robbery arrested the accused in a nearly housing complex following a search. No one was injured during the incident.

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