Man held in custody for robbery attempt

A man who was charged in connection with an attempted raid on a filling station in north Cork has been remanded in custody for a week.

Jason O’Brien, aged 23, with an address at 7 Hillview Drive, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, was before Mallow District Court yesterday charged with attempted robbery at the Applegreen service station at the Spa Square, Mallow, Co Cork, on Tuesday.

A lone masked raider entered the premises at around 8.10pm and threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun.

One of the staff members tackled the raider while the others pressed a panic button.

Gardaí were on the scene within minutes and arrested a suspect. They also recovered a balaclava and an imitation firearm.

While no staff member was hurt during the incident, they were said to have been shaken by the ordeal.

Mr O’Brien was subsequently charged in connection with the incident.

Supt Pat McCarthy told Mallow District Court he objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the alleged offence.

He told Judge Brian Sheridan that Mr O’Brien was on station bail from three different locations — on Nov 5, Nov 9, and Nov 11 — at the time of the alleged offence, and that seven previous bench warrants have been issued for his arrest in the past.

Judge Sheridan refused to grant bail and he remanded O’Brien in custody to Cork Prison for a week to appear before Mallow District Court again on Nov 19.


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