A Dublin woman has been refused bail, following an alleged attempted robbery at a clothes shop in Finglas on Friday.
Lyndsey Byrne - who has no fixed abode - was charged with attempting to rob a clothing store on Finglas' main street, with a knife.
The 35 year-old was also charged with having pliers for use in theft.
Garda Dwayne O’Brien objected to her bail at Dublin District Court today.
He claimed the accused produced a knife, and demanded money from the shopkeeper.
Ms. Byrne was arrested in the vicinity of the store on Friday.
She claims she produced a pen, not a knife, in the shop.
Defence solicitor, Andrew Walsh, told the court his client had been a witness in a high-profile false imprisonment case, and subjected to serious assaults.
During cross-examination, Mr. Walsh asked Garda O'Brien if the shopkeeper held scissors and chased the accused from the premises, after she asked for charity.
Garda O'Brien claimed the shopkeeper held the scissors in self-defence.
The guard also confirmed there was no CCTV in the shop.
A knife has not been recovered.
Judge Michele Finan refused bail, but stressed the presumption of innocence.
Ms. Byrne will appear before the courts next week, for directions from the DPP.