Thursday 27 October 2016

Armed robber who 'met his match' when shopkeeper wrestled him to the ground is jailed

Sonya McLean

Published 28/10/2015 | 14:46

Garland had robbed another Spar shop in Drumcondra three days earlier.
Garland had robbed another Spar shop in Drumcondra three days earlier.

An armed robber who was wrestled to the ground and held by a shopkeeper until gardaí arrived on the scene has been jailed for 21 months.

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Hai Ping Li held Daniel Garland (34) after he threatened him with a knife and took €170 from the till. Mr Li hit the raider with a wooden table leg while he was in his Spar shop on North Circular Road,Dublin and “jumped him” outside when he left.

Garland had robbed another Spar shop in Drumcondra three days earlier. He made off with €460 again after threatening staff with a knife.

Garland of Belvedere Road, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to both robberies on Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra and Portland Street North, North Circular Road on October 18 and October 22, 2014. His six previous convictions include theft, drug offences and criminal damage.

Garda Glen Halpin told Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting that Garland was arrested on North Circular Road and taken in for questioning.

He was wearing the exact same clothes he had been wearing in the earlier raid, which together with CCTV footage from that robbery, allowed officers to question him about it.

He co-operated with each garda investigation and accepted he had been caught “red handed”.

Judge Martin Nolan said Garland “met his match” when he robbed Mr Li but accepted that he co-operated with the garda investigation and has taken “positive steps” to deal with his addiction.

He said, because of the seriousness of the two robberies, he couldn't grant an application by Sandra Frayne BL defending, to adjourn the case to allow Garland continue with his rehabilitation.

Gda Halpin agreed with Ms Brennan that Mr Li had effectively “jumped” Garland as soon as he left the shop and managed to restrain him until gardaí arrived on the scene.

He agreed with Ms Frayne that Garland admitted he carried out the robberies “out of stupidity” and to get money for drugs.

Ms Frayne said her client, a father of one, had managed to hold down some employment over the years despite various drug addictions from a very young age.

She said he had since made “great strides” to deal with his addictions and had reduced his methadone in-take. He was hoping to get residential treatment to complete his rehabilitation.

She told Judge Nolan that Garland was deeply ashamed of his behaviour.

She submitted that, as it was his first violent offence, he was “deserving of a chance” and asked that the case be adjourned to allow him continue with his rehabilitation.

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