Cork woman ‘claimed to have a gun’, court told

Cork woman ‘claimed to have a gun’, court told
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A woman claimed she had a gun during an attempted robbery of drugs at a pharmacy in Cork, Sergeant John Kelleher told Cork District Court yesterday.

Claire Coade, aged 37, with an address at an apartment at Minerva Terrace, College Rd, Cork, is accused of carrying out the attempted robbery at the College Road Pharmacy in Glasheen, Cork.

Sgt Kelleher said the DPP had decided that the case could be dealt with at district court level only on a plea of guilty.

Judge Olann Kelleher asked to hear the facts of the case so that he could accept jurisdiction.

Sgt Kelleher alleged that at 11.30am on January 30, a woman entered the College Road Pharmacy and approached the counter.

It was alleged that she handed a note to a staff member stating she had a gun in her bag, she wanted drugs to be handed over, and that the staff member was not to contact gardaí.

The staff member handed the note to the pharmacist who told the woman he was calling the Gardaí, and at that stage the woman left on foot, the court heard.

Judge Kelleher said he would deal with the case at Cork District Court on a plea of guilty.

Defence solicitor Michael Quinlan applied for the prosecution statements in the case.

The case was adjourned until September 9. Ms Coade was remanded on continuing bail.

Judge Kelleher said in relation to a free legal aid application that this had been assigned previously.

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