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Dad accused of €2k gun hold-up at bookies' shop

A MASKED man is accused of threatening a bookies' cashier at gunpoint before taking over €2,000.

Glen Creed (28) was allegedly caught yards from the scene of the robbery in south Dublin.

Judge Bryan Smyth refused bail and remanded Creed in custody for one week.

Creed, of Bawnlea Close, Tallaght, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place at The Track bookmakers, Whitechurch, in Rathfarnham, on October 18.

Cashier

Garda Niall Russell said Creed, a father-of-one, was charged by Garda Pat Murray yesterday.

He was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and he made no reply to the charge after caution. Garda Russell objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence.

The garda alleged that Creed, who was wearing a mask, entered the bookmakers around 2.30pm armed with a handgun, threatened the cashier and demanded she hand over the cash in the till.

Garda Russell said the cashier emptied the till and handed €2,300 in cash to the accused, who ran off. The court heard that Creed was stopped a short distance away.

The cash and handgun were also found by gardai.

Garda Russell said the incident was captured on CCTV and that Creed matched the physical description of the culprit, who was wearing dark navy jeans and distinctive Converse-type runners.

The garda also said that a hoodie top, worn by the culprit was found on a green area a short distance away. It was claimed this hoodie was given to Creed earlier in the day.



Custody

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Creed would abide by any bail conditions.

Mr Hennessy also claimed the State had a "very thin" case against his client.

He said the alleged culprit was masked and claimed the runners, which Garda Russell said were so distinctive, are currently on sale for ¤33 in a Dublin shoe shop.

Judge Smyth refused bail and remanded Creed in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

The court heard that Creed was unemployed and on social welfare and Mr Hennessey was assigned on free legal aid.

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