Sunday 23 July 2017

Irishman in GAA top admits robbing pensioner at London train station after social media appeal

Police released footage of this man later shown to be Dermot Eoghan Hunt. Picture: London Metropolitan Police
Police released footage of this man later shown to be Dermot Eoghan Hunt. Picture: London Metropolitan Police
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An Irish man whose picture was posted on social media has pleaded guilty to robbing a pensioner at knifepoint while high on drugs, a London court has heard.

The Irish Post is reporting that Dermot Eoghan Hunt (39) of Archway Road N19, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, May 2.

The court was told Hunt approached a 71-year-old man at Langdon Park rail station late on December 9 carrying a weapon. He asked, "what have you got?" before robbing £4 (€4.73).

Hunt's defence counsel said it was a one-off situation and the qualified electrician was high on heroin and crack cocaine at the time.

The court also heard that Hunt, a qualified electrician, had treatment for drug issues in Ireland.

In March the London Metropolitan police issued an online appeal for help identifying the suspect.

They released CCTV of Mr Hunt walking through the station wearing a Mayo GAA tracksuit top.

Detective Constable Ryan Smith, from Tower Hamlets CID, said at the time: "The pensioner was shaken from his ordeal."

Following the social media appeal Hunt, who had since returned to Ireland, contacted police and identified himself.

He was arrested in Essex on April 3, according to reports.

Hunt has been remanded on bail and is due to appear again before a London court on May 23.

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