11/06/2012 21:42 EST | Updated 01/06/2013 05:12 EST

Emotional bail hearing for accused in bank robberies

A Montreal judge must decide whether a young man will get bail, following a tearful and emotion-filled hearing Tuesday.

Irving Fosu from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a town on Montreal's West Island, has been charged in connection with a hostage taking in a string of bank robberies on Montreal's West Island.

Fosu, 19, is accused of using an air-gun to demand money from banks in Roxboro, Pointe-Claire and Lachine.

According to authorities, the young man told them he was forced to commit the crimes by his drug-dealing friend, whom Fosu refused to identify.

In a dramatic courtroom scene, the teen and his father broke down before a judge.

Emmanuel Fosu, the young man's father, turned to his son and asked him a question mid-trial.

"What's wrong with you, who's pushing you?" he asked, crying. "Somebody's pushing my poor soon. I love you."

Though Fosu refused to identify his friend, Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said he would not force him to do so as a security precaution.

Fosu and his father will find out Wednesday morning whether the court will grant bail, and if so, on what conditions.