Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Pink pillowcase raider ‘so drunk he struggled to make getaway'

The Belfast off-licence was robbed by a man with a baseball bat wearing a pink pillowcase
The Belfast off-licence was robbed by a man with a baseball bat wearing a pink pillowcase

A man who robbed an off-licence with a pink pillowcase over his head was so drunk that he struggled to make his getaway, a court has heard.

Details were disclosed as a man was remanded in custody accused of holding up the premises on Cromac Street, Belfast, on April 22.

Michael Thomas Cassidy (18), of Shaftesbury Avenue in the city, is charged with stealing £140 in cash and a quantity of alcohol.

He faces further counts including of having an offensive weapon, namely a baseball bat, with intent to commit robbery.

Cassidy denies being the man seen in CCTV images published by police following the raid.

Defence lawyer Brendan Blaney said: “That individual (on CCTV) is very heavily intoxicated, to the extent that when they are attempting to leave the premises they can't open the door without dropping what they are carrying.”

Bail was refused due to the risk of further offending and Cassidy was remanded in custody to appear again on May 28.

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