AN armed robber who targeted an off-licence on the outskirts of Belfast made his getaway on an electric scooter, the High Court heard.
Prosecutors claimed the same man used the machine during a bid to snatch a woman’s handbag.
Christopher Curran (31) of Baronscourt Road in Carryduff, denies charges of robbery, carrying a firearm with criminal intent, and attempted robbery.
He was granted bail after a judge was told he has provided an alibi.
Crown lawyer Mark Farrell said a man in dark clothing and brandishing a handgun entered the off-licence at Queensway in Carryduff on October 2 and demanded alcohol, cigarettes and money from the till. He took cash and stock before escaping on an electric scooter.
At around lunchtime the following day on Ormeau Road a woman fended off a man who tried to steal her handbag. Mr Farrell said the would-be robber made off using the same mode of transport.
An imitation gun and clothes which allegedly matched those used in the raids were subsequently seized from an address linked to Curran, the court heard.
Mr Farrell added: “During the searches an electric scooter was located which police say is the same scooter used in both the robbery and attempted robbery.”
In interviews Curran denied any recent use of the machine, claiming he was at home in bed and with his partner.
Defence counsel Sean O’Hare contended there is a lack of direct evidence against his client in a case involving “secret covert evidence”.
Curran was granted bail after the judge, Mr Justice McFarland, questioned the evidence in a case he described as circumstantial.