Friday 15 December 2017

Man arrested 'crossing the Dodder' after alleged violent robbery is refused bail

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Andrew Phelan

A ROBBER held a knife to a female McDonald’s cashier’s stomach while demanding she open the tills, then hailed a taxi as he fled the scene with cash, a court has been told.

James Barry (33) was refused bail after he appeared in court charged with robbing the woman in an incident in south Dublin at the weekend.

According to gardai, he was arrested as he crossed the Dodder river a short distance away.

Judge Cormac Dunne remanded him in custody when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Mr Barry’s mother pleaded with Judge Cormac Dunne not to deny her son bail, shouting from the courtroom that he was a “beautiful guy” and “doesn’t deserve it.”

Mr Barry, of Goatstown Close, Goatstown, is charged with robbing a woman of €330 at McDonald’s, Rathmines Road Lower on February 4.

A garda told the court Mr Barry made no reply to the charge after caution.

Objecting to bail, the garda said it was alleged that Mr Barry entered McDonald’s with a knife in his hand at 7.30pm.

It was alleged that he went behind the counter and held the knife in front of the cashier’s abdomen, telling her to open three tills.

He got cash and fled the scene, hailing a taxi, the garda said.

He was apprehended a short distance away, he added.

The accused, wearing an open necked blue shirt, light blue jeans and navy and white runners said he was responsible for taking his young son to and from school.

Judge Dunne refused bail and adjourned the case to Wednesday, when the defendant will appear in Cloverhill District Court.

The accused’s mother, who was seated in the public gallery, spoke loudly over the judge, asking him not to remand her son in custody. “Please don’t say this,” she said, “he doesn’t deserve it… he’s a beautiful guy, he’s lovely, he’s intelligent.”

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