A Portarlington man has been charged with trying to rob the local Polish shop with a knife.
At last week’s Portlaoise District Court, Kamil Cruk (25), Ballymorris Manor, Portarlington, was charged with theft from Tesco; theft from Centra, Main Street, Portarlington, on February 19 last; theft from Dealz, Portarlington, on February 20; and robbery from the Polish shop on the Link Road, Portarlington, on February 20.
Garda Adrian Corcoran gave evidence that the accused made no reply when charged.
He gave evidence that on February 20, it was alleged the accused entered the Polish shop on the Link Road, Portarlington, produced a knife at the female shop assistant and demanded money.
The assistant fled to the back of the shop and the robber fled the scene.
After hearing the outline of the alleged facts, Judge Catherine Staines said the matter was far too serious to be dealt with in the district court and refused jurisdiction.
There was no State objection to bail, but bail conditions are that the accused observe a curfew from 9pm to 8am; he provide the gardaí with a mobile phone number; he stay out of the Polish shop and the Centra store in Portarlington; and he stay away from drugs and alcohol.
The matter was adjourned to May 3.