Robbery accused refused bail

A man accused of robbing a local bookmakers with a hand gun has been refused bai at the local magistrates court.

Robert Barry Crossan, of Creggan Heights, is charged with the robbery of Ladbrokes, Racecourse Road on December 14, last year.

He is further charged with carrying a firearm and possessing a class B drug.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations the 36-year-old went into the bookmakers with a handgun and a scarf covering his face. It is claimed he shouted give me the money and the manager handed over the contents of a till, approximately £390.

CCTV footage of the incident was seized by police and two officers allegedly identified Crossan.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer told the court Crossan has 96 previous convictions and police would have concerns he would commit further offences.

They also have fears that the 36-year-old would not abide by bail conditions, as he has a history of breaching them in the past.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDaid said his client denies any involvement with the robbery. He added Crossan wanted another opportunity to show he can abide by conditions.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘there is a clear case made out’ against Crossan as two ‘experienced’ officers had identified him.

He said he could not think of any conditions ‘this man would pay a blind bit of notice to’ as he consistently breaches bail and re-offends.

The 36-year-old was remanded in custody and to appear in court on March 13.