Gardai find shop clerk sitting on armed thief
Published 03/04/2014 | 02:30
A SERIAL robber was caught by a shop assistant who disarmed him and sat on him until the gardai arrived.
Michael O'Connor (27) tried to rob the Glencar Filling Station in Letterkenny, Co Donegal with a six-inch knife.
He shouted at shop assistant James Doherty to give him the money and threatened him with a knife.
However, Mr Doherty managed to overpower the armed robber and lay on top of him until gardai arrived.
Once arrested O'Connor, who was wearing socks over his shoes to avoid his footprints being detected, then admitted to robbing another shop on Letterkenny's Main Street.
Letterkenny Circuit Court was told that the previous week, on March 24, O'Connor entered Callaghan's XL store wearing a balaclava and waving a knife.
He demanded the money from the cash register from shop assistant Aidan McLaughlin who put €759 into a bag.
The court heard that former heroin addict O'Connor, who is originally from Kildare, had 43 previous convictions, many for robbery.
Judge Keenan Johnson sentenced O'Connor to four years in prison on the first robbery, and five years in prison for the second robbery, but suspended this for five years.