A man overpowered by members of the public after a series of alleged robberies at pharmacies in Dublin has been released on bail.
Brian Carroll, 38, of Holly Road, Donnycarney, Dublin, was charged following his arrest on Friday. He was held overnight at Coolock Garda station and appeared before Judge John Hughes at Dublin Court on Saturday.
Garda Grainne McDonnell and Detective Garda Clifford Singleton told the court that the accused had not responded to the charges. Judge Hughes heard they were objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the case.
Mr Carroll is accused of robbing Bradley’s Pharmacy in Artane of various prescription drugs worth €404 on November 4.
In the other two alleged raids, he is charged with taking medication worth €87 from Lalor’s Pharmacy on Collins Avenue East on Nov. 2 and medication worth €39 from O’Reilly Pharmacy in Artane.
Garda McDonnell told a disputed bail that the defendant was armed with an 8-inch kitchen knife.
She claimed that during Friday’s robbery, he gave the staff a list of drugs and pulled out the knife, saying, ‘Don’t mess with me. I know what I am doing.”
De Garda said he was alleged to have “cornered staff to prevent them from seeking help”.
A delivery man at the pharmacy became aggressive and had a knife pointed at him.
The garda expressed concern about his release on bail.
She claimed he was caught “red-handed”. Garda McDonnell added that she and other Gardaí saw the accused being held by members of the public at the pharmacy.
Garda McDonnell told the court she saw him holding him and that the knife was present.
The court heard that he also brandished the knife, demanded prescription drugs and went hand in hand with the staff of the other two pharmacists.
Attorney Kevin McCrave pleaded for bail, saying his client lived with his father and took care of him.
It was also around the anniversary of his partner’s death. The lawyer said his client was a father who “suffered a great loss”, but he would abide by the terms if released on bail.
He has not yet specified how he will plead, and the judge noted that he had the presumption of innocence.
However, he refused bail and placed him in custody pending instructions from the director of the public prosecutor’s office.
Legal aid was provided to Mr Carroll who was on benefits.