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Knife raid charge pair with 200 convictions denied bail

BY EAMONN MacDERMOTT

A man and a woman with almost 200 previous convictions between them have appeared in court charged with robbing a chemist's shop in Londonderry.

Elaine Bradley, of Altcar Park in the Galliagh area, and David Comiskey, of Chamberlain Street in the Rossville area of the city, both aged 41, are charged with stealing a quantity of prescription drugs on January 10.

Bradley was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon, namely a hammer, while Comiskey was charged with possessing a knife.

A police officer said he could connect the pair to the charges and opposed bail.

He told the court that at 5.20pm last Friday a man and woman entered the chemist's in Great James Street in the city centre and stole a quantity of drugs.

The man was holding a 6in knife and the woman was wearing a balaclava.

A staff member pulled the balaclava off and recognised the woman, as she had been in the shop a few hours earlier.

The pair made off and when a female member of staff tackled the woman she produced a hammer.

Both were arrested nearby by police a short time later.

The police officer said that bail was opposed, as Comiskey had 72 previous convictions and Bradley 126.

He said that staff in the chemist's were "terrified"' by the possibility that if the pair were released they might return to the premises.

Defence counsel for Comiskey, Nicola Rountree, said her client had addiction issues, but said he would abide by any conditions set by the court.

Bradley's solicitor Keith Kyle admitted his client had a poor record but said she lived some distance away from the chemist's shop.

The police officer said that both defendants had already made admissions.

District judge, Barney McElholm, said it was "an extremely serious offence" and, given the records of both defendants, he felt that there were no conditions he could impose that they would abide by. Both were remanded in custody to appear again on February 6.

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