Robbery suspect is refused bail
A man accused of two armed raids in east Belfast in just over half-an-hour must stay in custody, a judge has ruled.
Jason Hagans was refused bail amid claims that he had produced a claw hammer when confronted by police, forcing one of the officers to reach for his gun.
The 22-year-old faces charges of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and assault on police.
Hagans, of Holland Drive, Belfast, is alleged to have gone into a post office and drapery shop on Connsbrook Avenue armed with a hammer and demanded money. The suspect was detained by police in the Templemore Avenue area, the court heard.
Christine Smith, prosecuting, said when challenged he drew a claw hammer from his sleeve, causing a constable to fear he was about to be struck.
Richard McConkey, defending, said Hagans denied any involvement in the offences.