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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man who robbed €50,000 worth of jewellery sentenced to seven years

A man who was on bail on drug dealing charges when he carried out armed robberies on pharmacies, an off licence and a jewellers has been sentenced to seven years.

Christopher Crilly (28) robbed €50,000 of jewellery from Finlay jewellers, Malahide Road, Artane on November 22, 2011 by threatening the shop owner with a shotgun.

Crilly held the manager Barry Finlay at gunpoint before putting him face down on the floor and tying his hands behind his back with shoe laces.

He then smashed a glass counter and took white gold earrings, rings and pendants as well as watches.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Crilly of Clonshaugh Road, Coolock carried out the robberies to feed his drug habit.

He also robbed prescription drugs like Valium from a number of pharmacies in north Dublin.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a total of seven years in consecutive sentences, reflecting the fact that he was on bail during some of the offences.

She suspended the final 12 months of the sentence on strict conditions.

In September 2011 Crilly was granted bail after being charged with possession of €1,554 worth of heroin for sale or supply at Coolock Garda station on August 23, 2011.

He has since pleaded guilty to these charges.

He pleaded guilty to robbery at Tully’s Pharmacy, Raheny on May 4, 2011 and at the Hilltop Pharmacy, Howth Road on June 13, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to robbery at a Texaco garage, Howth Road, Raheny on February 28, 2012, attempted robbery at Centra, Kilbarrack Road, Dublin and robbery at McHughs Off License, Kilbarrack Road both on January 29, 2012.

Garda Joe O’Connor told Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting, that Crilly was armed with a steak knife when he went into Tully’s pharmacy and demanded valium tablets.

In January 2012 he jumped over the counter of the Centra shop in Raheny and demanded money.

He left without any money and ran into the nearby McHughs off license and ordered the staff there to open the till.

One worker in the shop ran at him with a sweeping brush and he only managed to take €55.

On January 14 last, Crilly and another man carried out an armed robbery on the Roundabout Pub, Artane.

The two men were armed with imitation handguns and a lump hammer when they came into the pub at closing time and demanded money from the owner and doorman.

Sean Guerin SC, defending, said his client was on drugs and needed money to feed his habit. He has 18 previous convictions including five for robbery.

The court heard that Crilly’s father was serving a prison sentence during Crilly’s childhood.

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