Accused of three robberies over 11-day period

A MAN has been accused of robbing two pharmacies and a shop in west Dublin, using a knife, a bottle and a piece of jagged plastic to threaten staff.

John Daly is alleged to have put female workers in fear by producing the weapons before stealing cash and tablets.

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Blanchardstown District Court,

At Blanchardstown District Court, he was remanded in custody pending a bail application.

Mr Daly, aged 40 with an address at Kilmahuddrick Road, Clondalkin is charged with three counts of robbery, all at businesses in Clondalkin.

These are alleged to have taken place at Freyne’s Pharmacy, Orchard Road on June 12; Gala shop, Tower Road on June 14 and Hickey’s Pharmacy, Monastery Road on June 23.

The prosecuting garda told Judge Gerard Jones the accused made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

The garda said he would be objecting to bail based on the seriousness of the alleged offences.

Asked for an outline of what was alleged, he told Judge Jones it was the state’s case that three robberies were carried out in an 11-day period.

In the first incident, it was alleged the accused produced a knife to pharmacy staff, made demands and took a quantity of diazepam tablets and cash.

In the second, Mr Daly was alleged to have produced a bottle to a female staff member and in the third, the allegation was that he produced a jagged piece of plastic and again put staff in fear and took diazepam and cash.

The accused was allegedly identified on CCTV and subsequently charged, the garda said.

Judge Jones said he considered producing a knife and a bottle to female members of staff and threatening them to be a “very serious” allegation.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the accused had already been charged with these alleged offences and bailed before, but the charges were struck out because the prosecution was not in a position to proceed at that time.

Now they were back for “round two” or a “second bite of the cherry,” Ms Jackson said.

She said the accused was not applying for bail yet and asked the judge to adjourn the case to a later date for a bail application.

The accused has not yet entered pleas to the charges.

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