AN 18-year-old woman accused of going on a robbing spree in south Belfast was remanded in custody yesterday.

Maria Devlin faces eight charges, including stealing cash from a sandwich shop and raiding a nearby house, during the alleged attacks earlier this week.

The defendant, from the city, is accused of taking £20 from a Subway branch on Botanic Avenue on Tuesday.

It was also alleged at Belfast Magistrates Court that she later assaulted a police officer and another woman.

Further robbery charges involved taking a wallet and mobile phone valued at £260 from one alleged victim.

The court heard claims that she also targeted another man and two women, allegedly seizing handbags, a purse and wallet, cash, an iPod and phones.

A final charge involved a break-in at a house in Fitzroy Avenue on Wednesday.

It was claimed Ms Devlin entered as a trespasser, armed with a knife, and stole a computer hard-drive, jewellery, bank cards, a mobile phone, computer games, £120 in cash and alcohol.

A detective constable who said he could connect her to the offences confirmed during cross-examination that the main evidence against the accused was witness descriptions.

However, he said a knife and a packet of sandwiches had been taken for forensic tests.

Michael Madden, defending, described his client as a vulnerable young woman with drink problems.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Ms Devlin in custody to appear again via video link on August 7.