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money demand Shop staff endured ‘terrifying’ knifepoint robbery, court told

Judge Michael Walsh refused to grant accused bail and remanded him in custody for the directions of the DPP.

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A MAN subjected a shop assistant to a “terrifying” knifepoint ordeal when he backed him into a corner and demanded money, it is alleged.

Thomas Lennon (29) is accused of carrying out the robbery before fleeing on a bicycle, changing his clothes and getting into a taxi.

Judge Michael Walsh refused to grant him bail and remanded him in custody for the directions of the DPP.

Mr Lennon, of Derry Park, Crumlin, appeared in Dublin District Court charged with robbery and producing a knife.

Objecting to bail, the prosecuting garda said the incident happened at Spar, South Richmond Street, on September 8.

It was alleged the accused went to the shop, produced a large knife and pointed it at a sales assistant, saying: “Open the till.”

The court was told he advanced toward the shop worker, backing him into a corner and, in fear for his safety, the man complied.

The accused allegedly took €433 in cash, leaving the staff member “quite upset”.

A witness had allegedly seen the accused run from the scene and throw the knife into a small patch of land beside the old Bernard Shaw pub.

He then got on a pedal cycle, the garda said. The witness directed gardaí to the knife and it was retrieved.

It was alleged the accused changed his clothing directly after the robbery.

Extensive CCTV enquiries were carried out and among the “extremely good quality” video was footage of the accused getting into a taxi.

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Gardaí searched the accused’s girlfriend’s address and recovered an Under Armour schoolbag and headphones allegedly matching a description of those used by the robber.

“Staff were subjected to a terrifying ordeal,” the garda said.

The accused allegedly brandished a large knife and pointed it toward a staff member who was “frightened and fearful for his safety”, the garda said.

Defence solicitor Rory Staines said the accused, who was presumed innocent, could spend two years in custody awaiting trial if refused bail. The backpack and headphones were not unique, he said.

Mr Lennon would abide by bail conditions.

Judge Walsh said they were serious alleged offences and the prosecution evidence appeared to be strong and compelling.

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