Killer with axe made mum fear for unborn baby during violent robbery
Published 02/02/2016 | 09:56
A pregnant post office worker said she feared she might lose her unborn child due to trauma during a violent armed robbery.
A convicted killer armed with an axe was one of three masked men who burst into Bawnogue Post Office in November 2012, the Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.
Kenneth Wilson (46) had 18 previous convictions including for manslaughter, armed robbery and possessing firearms, for which he was sentenced to 10 years.
In 1999 he was jailed for five years for his role in the killing of Patrick Joseph Craig, a father of six.
In 1992, Wilson and another man burst into Mr Craig’s home and shot him as he lay in bed. Mr Justice Paul Carney described it as “a brutal and vicious assassination”.
Yesterday, the court heard how Wilson and two other men entered the post office in November 2012. Wilson was armed with an axe while the other men had a crowbar and imitation
The men began to break down the security glass with their weapons while two staff members, including Louise Thunder – who was four months pregnant – locked themselves in the bathroom.
In a victim impact report, Ms Thunder said she feared she might lose her unborn child because of the trauma. The men took over €7,000 from the registers before fleeing in a blue BMW.
The car was spotted near Deansrath Lawns, with Wilson running away from it.
When he saw gardai he slowed to a walk and went into a house. Gardai followed him in and found him sitting on a stool and out of breath.
Wilson claimed he had been there all morning and that he had just let a man in who climbed over the back wall.
He was arrested and interviewed 10 times, but refused to make admissions. Only a small amount of the money was recovered.
Wilson – of Deansrath Road, Clondalkin, Dublin – later pleaded guilty to robbery at Bawnogue Post Office on November 28, 2012.
The defence told Judge Sarah Berkeley that Wilson “sees this as the last of his offending behaviour”. He said he was now looking for work and that he was at a low risk of re-offending.
Counsel asked Judge Berkeley to consider that one of Wilson’s co-accused received a suspended sentence for his role.
However, the judge noted this person was 20 years old and had no previous convictions.
Judge Berkeley ordered a probation report and remanded Wilson in custody until April 15, 2016.