A JUDGE has refused to grant bail to a woman alleged to have stolen another woman's purse "by force" in Dublin city centre.
Patricia Ducie (34) is accused of robbing one woman and attempting to rob another on the same day on the quays.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused to grant her bail and remanded her in custody for a week when she appeared in Dublin District Court.
Ducie, of Thomastown Cottages, Summerhill, Dublin 1, is charged with robbery and attempted robbery at Wellington Quay on August 12 this year.
Garda Eimear Power told the court she arrested Ducie at Wellington Quay at 8.12pm and brought her to Pearse Street Garda Station, where she was charged.
She made no reply to the charges.
Garda Power objected to bail due to the "nature and seriousness of the charges", and also because of the accused's history of having bench warrants issued for her -- 21 in all.
"She approached a female in a car park in Dublin 2 and using force, stole her wallet from her handbag," the garda alleged.
The garda also cited the strength of evidence against the accused and said she felt Ducie would fail to appear in court again if given bail.
Solicitor Jenny McGeever said defendants were given bail on more serious charges such as rape or murder in cases where "supposedly strong evidence" collapsed under cross-examination.
Judge McCarthy adjourned the case for a week for the directions of the DPP and remanded the accused in custody.