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Suspect in hold-up had £975 stuffed down socks, court is told

By Alan Erwin

Published 20/04/2016

An alleged convenience store robber arrested on a bike with nearly £1,000 stuffed down his socks claimed he had just won it at the bookies, the High Court has heard
An alleged convenience store robber arrested on a bike with nearly £1,000 stuffed down his socks claimed he had just won it at the bookies, the High Court has heard

An alleged convenience store robber arrested on a bike with nearly £1,000 stuffed down his socks claimed he had just won it at the bookies, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors also claimed Thomas Robin's fingerprint was found on a box knocked over and then picked up by the armed raider at Vivo on Belfast's Ormeau Road.

Robin (23), of Raby Street in the city, faces charges of robbery and possession of a knife over the mid-afternoon hold-up carried out on April 1.

A judge was told that a hooded man had approached staff at the shop counter brandishing a six-inch knife and demanded: "Open the f****** till."

The robber, who was described as being unsteady on his feet, made off with just around £975 in cash.

Police detained Robin riding a bicycle around 10 minutes afterwards. According to the prosecution, CCTV from the store shows the raider knock a light bulb box off a shelf before picking it up and replacing it.

He was refused bail due to the risk of reoffending.

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