A MAN arrested by gardai investigating a series of robberies in Dublin has been refused bail.
Gerard Creighton (44) appeared at Dublin District Court accused of robbing a coffee shop and attempting to rob a bookmaker's with an imitation firearm.
Gardai alleged that in one case he unmasked himself in view of a CCTV camera after he left the scene and was driven away in a taxi after the other alleged incident.
Judge Michael Walsh refused bail and remanded him in custody for the directions of the DPP.
A 21-year-old woman who was also arrested has been released without charge.
Mr Creighton, of no fixed address but formerly of Crumlin, is accused of offences including robbery, attempted robbery and possession of stolen property.
He is charged with robbing a woman of €1,000 at Cafe Sol, Clare Street, on February 17, and attempting to rob a woman at Boyle Sports, Dame Street, on January 11.
He is further charged with possession of a realistic imitation firearm in Aungier Street on February 28 and having a stolen travel pass at Pearse Street garda station on the same date.
Objecting to bail, Gda Martin Allen cited the seriousness of the charges and the strength and nature of the proposed evidence. Mr Creighton was a suspect and the garda saw him on a street and approached him.
Cross-examined by defence solicitor Tony Collier, Gda Allen said CCTV evidence from the attempted robbery showed a man entering the bookmaker's with his face partially covered.
The court heard the maximum possible sentences included life imprisonment for the robbery charge.
Mr Collier argued that the prosecution's evidence was "not strong enough to displace Mr Creighton's constitutional right to bail". He said the accused would abide by strict bail conditions, including making himself available to the garda "24/7".
Judge Walsh said the defendant enjoyed a presumption of innocence.
However, he believed the gardai had made a case for the refusal of bail and remanded the defendant in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.