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Man who robbed Dublin clairvoyants avoids jail sentence

Fiona Ferguson

Published 27/10/2015 | 18:28

Man who robbed Dublin clairvoyants avoids jail sentence
Man who robbed Dublin clairvoyants avoids jail sentence

A man who took part in the robbery of a clairvoyants has been given a suspended sentence.

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Niall Sheil (37) of Buckingham Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of robbery at Dympna's Clairvoyant, Cromwellsfort Road, Crumlin on January 6, 2015.

The court heard Sheil had since turned his life around and was now free of drugs.

Judge Melanie Greally told Sheil he had terrorised staff and customers at the premises and his actions must have caused them discomfort and worry. She noted he had co-operated with gardaí and entered an early guilty plea and imposed a four year suspended sentence.

Garda Robert Leahy told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that at the time there were two staff members and two customers in the premises which is above a pet shop.

Sheil's accomplice entered first and told staff he wished to make an appointment. When he got upstairs he said he didn't want to hurt anyone and demanded money. Sheil, armed with a steel bar, came afterwards.

The robbers took cash, purses and phones from the women before making their escape.

A staff member managed to alert people in the pet shop below who chased after the two robbers.

Gda Leahy and a colleague came upon the chase and arrested Sheil and his co-accused. Sheil had been observed dropping items as he ran. Everything was recovered apart from €400 taken from reception.

The four women who were victims of the robbery declined to give victim impact statements.

Sheil told gardaí he had taken tablets and the whole thing was a haze. He said it was not normally something he would do but had joined in and thought there would be “a few pounds in it.”

He has 18 previous convictions mainly for theft, road traffic and drugs offences. He has no previous convictions for robbery or violence.

Tony McGillicuddy BL, defending, said Sheil had got his life in order since this offence, was attending a detoxification course and was now on a residential rehabilitation programme.

He said his clients' mother had died while he was young and he had been brought up by an older sister. He was the only member of his family to be in trouble with the law and had maintained a good work history until he developed drug and alcohol problems.

He had managed to maintain work for some time but eventually lost his job and found himself in a semi homeless situation for a time. He said he had been at a low ebb last Christmas, wandering the streets and taking tablets. He then became involved in this offence.

Mr McGillicuddy said Sheil had become a father in recent years and this was a powerful motivational force in his life. He asked for his client to be given the opportunity to continue his rehabilitation in the community.

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