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Jailed man pleads guilty to robbery at golf club

FOUR-MONTH SENTENCE FOR STEALING €500 IN RUSH

Published 11/12/2012 | 12:40

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A 38-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to four months in prison at Balbriggan District Court last week for a robbery ar Rush Golf Club.

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Alan Judge, Coultry Road, Ballymun pleaded guilty in July to robbing €500 on cash from the club on January 5. However, at the time of the offence he was under a suspended sentence for robbing sports centres, hotels, rugby clubs, GAA clubs and lesiure centres in north Dublin. The Rush Golf Club robbery case was adjourned as Judge had to go before sentencing Judge Patrick McCartan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court who reactivated the suspended sentence. When the Rush Golf Club robbery case came back before Judge Dermot Dempsey in Balbriggan last week, Garda Martin O'Brien stated that Judge was identified on CCTV cameras breaking into the golf club and stealing the money. Judge was arrested and made a full admission of the crime to the gardaí. Solicitor for Alan Judge said that her client, a father of three children, has struggled with drug addiction throughout his adult life and this has been the cause of a lot of his criminal behaviour. As Judge fully co- operated with the gardaí and is now serving two years in prison, she asked the court to give her client ' light at the end of the tunnel' and not to extend the period he is currently serving in prison. Agreeing not to increase the defendant's sentence, Judge Dempsey imposed a four month concurrent sentence.

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