A YOUNG man faces the prospect of trial on three charges related to allegedly going behind the counter of pharmacies demanding the anxiety drug Xanax.
He is now charged with two counts of burglary and one of robbery arising out of the three incidents.
24-year-old Killian Kavanagh of no fixed address had his case before Cork District Court today where Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that the cases could be dealt with at district court level, only on a plea of guilty.
Otherwise the matters would have to be dealt with by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Olann Kelleher first had to decide if he would also agree to accept jurisdiction for the cases.
After hearing the alleged facts he agreed to deal with them at Cork District Court on pleas of guilty.
Sgt Davis said it was alleged that on September 14, 2019, Killian Kavanagh entered Phelan’s pharmacy on St. Patrick Street and asked a pharmacist if he could dispense a prescription even though he did not have it with him.
No medication was dispensed and he left the premises.
“But he came back and went behind the counter and demanded Xanax.
"The staff member agreed to give him one Xanax tablet if he agreed to leave and he did leave the store.
“On December 19, 2019, he went behind the counter at the South Terrace Pharmacy and was confronted by a staff member.
"He said, ‘Give me all the Xanax’. He was ushered from behind the counter and he left.
“On January 2 2020 he went to Phelan’s on St. Patrick Street and attempted to go the rear (to an area not open to the public).
"He shoved a staff member out of the way and demanded Xanax.
"The pharmacist was in fear and gave him two Xanax tablets for him to leave. The pharmacist suffered no injury,” Sgt. Davis alleged.
Arising out of the three alleged incidents he was charged with burglary, or trespassing to commit a theft, in respect of the first two, and robbery in respect of the third.
Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, asked for prosecution statements to be sent to the defence as the accused was remanded in custody for a fortnight.