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Killer used pellet gun to threaten casino staff

Sonya McLean

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

Beresford handed himself into gardaí four days after the robbery. He said he was embarrassed. He was sorry for what he had done but he needed the money for drugs. Stock Picture
Beresford handed himself into gardaí four days after the robbery. He said he was embarrassed. He was sorry for what he had done but he needed the money for drugs. Stock Picture

A convicted killer who robbed the casino he used to work in after threatening his former colleagues with a pellet gun will be sentenced next November.

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William Beresford (45) of ­Kippure Park, Finglas, Dublin was convicted of ­manslaughter in 1999 after he killed his ­brother during a fight.

His counsel suggested to the court that as Beresford's brother was armed with a knife at the time, that fell during the course of the altercation, it was a case of self-defence.

Beresford handed himself into gardaí four days after the robbery. He said he was ­embarrassed. He was sorry for what he had done but he needed the money for drugs.

Beresford pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at the Station's Sport Club, Amiens Street on August 20, 2015. His 28 previous convictions, apart from the manslaughter conviction, were all for minor District Court offences.

Judge Greally revoked Beresford's bail and remanded him in custody until November 11 next for sentence.

Irish Independent

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