Accused 'so sorry' over midlands crime spree, court told
A man carried out an armed raid at a petrol station, then fired a shot from a rifle while hijacking a van, it has been alleged.
Joseph Moore (31) is accused of shooting the gun while seizing a Volkswagen Caddy.
Earlier, it is alleged, Mr Moore had threatened to kill a woman before stealing her car.
The incidents are all alleged to have taken place last Friday and Saturday.
Mr Moore is also charged with burglary at a house and robbery at another petrol station a week earlier.
He was remanded in custody after Dublin District Court had heard that he made a series of apologies in reply to the charges. No bail application was made.
Garda Keith Shier, of Portlaoise, said the accused was arrested on Wednesday night and made no reply to the charge of unlawful taking of a car.
In reply to the threat-to-kill charge, he said "I'm so sorry," Garda Shier told the court, adding that the accused said "I'm sorry, I apologise to everyone involved" when he was charged with unlawfully seizing the van.
Mr Moore, from Market Mews, Marlborough Village, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, is charged with threatening to kill a woman and unlawfully taking her car at that address on August 18.
He is charged with then robbing a man of €930 at the Emo Filling Station, Portlaoise Road, Mountrath, and unlawfully seizing a Volkswagen Caddy by threat of force at Derrykearn, both on August 19.
Separately, he is charged with a burglary at Oldtown, Abbeyleix, on August 10, then robbing a man of €1,970 at Jones Oil, Tea Lane, Portlaoise, the next day.
He was remanded in custody to appear on August 29.