A man accused of threatening a female employee with a blood-stained needle in a bid to rob a fast-food restaurant must remain in custody, a judge ruled today.
Steven McCabe, 24, allegedly held the needle to the woman's neck and demanded money at a branch of Subway in south Belfast .
Police claimed he said to her: "Do you want hepatitis, you b****?"
McCabe, of Great Victoria Street in the city, was refused bail on charges of attempted robbery and possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he allegedly went into the restaurant on the Dublin Road in August last year and approached a woman behind the counter.
According to a PSNI officer McCabe brandished a needle and made threats in a bid to get cash from the till.
But he was fought off and fled from the scene empty handed, it was claimed.
During interviews McCabe denied any physical assault took place during what was described as an opportunistic incident.
However, police contended that his blood was confirmed to be on the needle allegedly used.
Defence barrister Stephen Toal told the court some admissions have been made.
"It was a foolish attempt to get money; obviously drugs played a central role in that," he added.
Denying bail, Judge Liam McStay expressed concerns about "a very high risk of serious offending".