Raider ‘unmasked’by woman’s challenge

A masked raider, attempting to rob cash at an off-licence with the threat of a gun in his pocket, was surprised when the woman behind the counter challenged him.

Raider ‘unmasked’by woman’s challenge

She questioned whether he had a gun and he dropped his disguise, abandoned the attempted crime and made light of it.

This was the allegation made by Detective Garda Pat Condon when Damien O’Brien, of 48 Castlepark, Ballincollig, came before Cork District Court yesterday on a charge of attempted robbery.

O’Brien was charged with carrying out the attempted robbery at O’Donovan’s off-licence on Main Street, Ballincollig, on March 6, 2014.

Judge Leo Malone asked for an outline of the allegations so he could determine if it was a suitable case for the district court or if it should be dealt with at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

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Det Garda Condon said it was alleged that at 9pm on March 6, 2014, a woman was working alone at O’Donovan’s off-licence sorting cigarettes when a man entered the shop with his face covered.

“He pretended he had a gun or a weapon in his pocket and demanded the contents of the till.

“She was terrified and in fear but she challenged him about the gun and the suspected offender stopped as if surprised that he had been challenged. He uncovered his face and identified himself as someone who was known to her and he tried to make light of it,” the detective said.

Judge Malone said he was refusing jurisdiction.

Emmet Boyle, solicitor, said no firearm was produced. However, Judge Malone said the woman working there that night was not to know there was no gun.

A book of evidence will be prepared for the case to be heard by judge and jury.

O’Brien was remanded on bail on condition that he sign daily at Ballincollig Garda station, stay away from the premises in question and the woman who worked there, and abstain from alcohol and drugs, except for medication prescribed for him.

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