Friday 22 September 2017

Convicted robber given chance by Judge who praises his ‘long suffering parents’

Sonya McLean

A CONVICTED robber has been given a chance to prove himself before sentence is passed after a judge commented that he was "very, very fortunate" to have the parents he had.

“I wouldn’t do it,” Judge Patrick McCartan said referring to Daniel Webster’s parents who were trying to support him in getting off heroin.



“You are now 31-years-old. I would give you a root up the backside and tell you to sort yourself out.”



“You deserve to go to jail but you are taking real steps to deal with your addiction,” the judge said before he “reluctantly” agreed to give Webster a chance.



He remanded him on bail and adjourned the case to this day next year for sentence.



Judge McCartan said on that date he wants to know what Webster had done to ease the burden of “your long suffering parents”, deal with his addiction and provide adequate support to his child.



He said if Webster proves himself to the court, “I will give you the chance you are looking for.”



“The community has to be protected too,” Judge McCartan said after he earlier commented that it was easy to get off drugs with “your parents holding your hand”.



Webster (31) of Glin Park, Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Spar at Coolock Village on October 30, 2011.



The court heard that he was armed with the end of a steel shovel, while his accomplice had a syringe, knife or a screwdriver. The raiders had their faces covered and were dressed in black.



They threatened staff before Webster’s accomplice jumped over the counter and grabbed the till drawers, containing over €600, and threw them into a plastic shopping bag.



Garda Patrick Brodigan told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that the staff followed the two raiders out of the shop and were later able to point out to gardai a house nearby that they were hiding out in.



Gardai eventually gained access to that house and found Webster there smoking and drinking with two other men. Webster and his accomplice were out of breath and the till drawers were immediately spotted nearby. There were coins and receipts still in it but the bigger sums of cash were gone.



Gda Brodigan said the other man managed to flee the house but Webster was arrested and later made admissions during garda interview.



The court heard that Webster has 17 previous convictions which were all dealt with in the District Court and he has never served a prison sentence.



Gda Brodigan agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, that Webster has since started to deal with his addiction and is now on methadone.



He accepted that if his client manages to stay off drugs, he will be unlikely to offend again.



Mr Le Vert told Judge McCartan that his client had huge family support from both his parents who were trying to help him get off drugs.



He asked that his client be given a chance by the court and pleaded with Judge McCartan not to impose a custodial sentence.



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