A man accused of two knifepoint robberies of pizza delivery drivers appeared in court via videolink from prison.
Gary Gollaglee, 31, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, is charged with robbing one driver in Lakeland Walk, in the town, on October 3, and another man in Barbara Mann Court, also Hartlepool, two days later.
It is alleged that he stole £207.50 in the first robbery on October 3, and £46.60 from the second victim on October 5. Gollaglee was not asked to enter a plea during the short preliminary hearing at Teesside Crown Court.
Martin Scarborough, defending, indicated his client denied both robbery offences, and denied two linked charges of possessing a bladed article in public.
Mr Scarborough said there would be no application for bail. The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne Arton, set a date for a plea hearing of January 4 next year.
The judge told Gollaglee: “You have indicated you wish to have a trial of these matters, which is your right.”
Gollaglee was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.