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A 22-year-old Tralee man accused of two robberies had only been released from jail 10 days before the first robbery was committed.

Tralee courthouse

Martin O’Sullivan of 12B Market Street, Tralee was remanded in custody because gardai believe he could reoffend if released on bail. He is due to appear before Tralee District Court again on Wednesday.

Martin O’Sullivan is accused of robbery at Hussey’s Store on Princes Street, Tralee on August 24th. He was on bail at the time having appeared before a special sitting of Tralee District Court the previous Saturday on similar charges relating to an incident at the Spar shop in Oakpark on August 21st.

A special sitting of Tralee District Court today heard the accused had only been released from prison on August 11th. The gardai objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charges and the nature of the offence.

It is alleged Mr O’Sullivan entered Hussey’s Store armed with an iron bar. Inspector Donal Ashe said Mr O’Sullivan is likely to face a custodial sentence, if convicted. He said he believed Mr O’Sullivan is a drug addict and is likely to commit similar offences if released on bail. Judge John King remanded him in custody for a psychiatric assessment to see if he is fit to plea.

He will appear in court again on Wednesday for the directions of the DPP.