Salon robber had Yankee candle broken over his head
Published 25/02/2016 | 06:43
A woman broke a Yankee candle over the head of an armed robber as he robbed a beauty salon while she was getting her nails done.
Gerard Halpin (40) was jailed for six-and-a-half-years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for the robbery and for breaking into a house and telling the occupant not to scream or he'd kill her.
Halpin of Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, Dublin pleaded guilty to the burglary which occurred on December 19, 2013. He was convicted by a jury last week of the salon robbery and possession of a knife which occurred on December 23, 2014.
The court heard that Halpin entered the beauty salon Urban Dolls in Corduff Shopping Centre wearing latex gloves and armed with a kitchen knife. He grabbed the owner Sarah White by the neck and put a knife to her back before walking her towards the till.
Halpin was wearing a scarf over his face but a customer, Emma Kelly, recognised him.
Halpin ordered Ms White to open the till but Ms Kelly closed it and said "What the f**k are you at Gerard?" She told Ms White not to give him any money but Halpin raised the knife above his head and said "back off Emma."
Ms Kelly then picked up a Yankee candle from a display case and smashed it over Halpin's head.
Halpin fled with Ms Kelly close behind shouting his name. She followed him as he cycled to his father's home a few hundred yards from the salon.
Garda Adrian Kildea told prosecution counsel Pieter Le Vert BL that a garda search of the house found the gloves in an open safe in an upstairs bedroom.
The court also heard evidence of a burglary by Halpin at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart. He later admitted to gardai that he went out "looking for gear" and rang the bell of a house three times before breaking in.
A woman was in one of the bedrooms and tried to stop Halpin getting in. He forced his way in and grabbed her phone from her. He told her "don't scream or I'll kill you" before taking her laptop and leaving.