Tuesday 16 January 2018

Armed raiders caught when they crashed less than a mile from scene of crime

Declan Brennan

TWO armed robbers who held up an Xtravision were caught after they crashed their getaway car less than a mile away from the shop.

The car was abandoned on an M50 flyover and gardai found two bin liner bags filled with the mobile phones and game consoles stolen from the shop.

Ian Johnston (25) and another man were seen exiting the car and were later arrested. Johnston admitted robbing the shop and told gardai his fingerprints would be found on the bin bags.

Johnston of Knockmore Drive, Tallaght pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to robbery of the Xtravision, Knocklyon on April 6, 2010.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned sentencing until the end of February.

Garda Padraig Malarky told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting, that Johnston was armed with a one foot long silver bar when he came into the shop and shouted at staff to hand over cash.

He said another man, who was holding a one foot long bread knife, was the main player in the robbery. He is still before the courts.

The two raiders roared at staff to give them games consoles and mobile phone handsets and the two workers packed two bin bags with Playstations, X-Boxes and phones.

The court heard that as gardai made their way to the crime they received a report that a stolen silver Opel Corsa had crashed on an M50 flyover about a mile from the scene.

The air bag had being activated and blood was found on it and the two bags of stolen property were found inside.

Johnston has 21 previous convictions for minor matters such as road traffic offences.

In December 2011 Judge Martin Nolan suspended a four year sentence in its entirety for an attempted robbery committed in May 2008.

Hugh Hartnett SC, defending, said his client is a heroin addict who is on methadone treatment.

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