Sunday 25 February 2018

Attempted robber caught after taking advice from victim

Declan Brennan

A MAN who tried to rob a shop was later caught by gardai in a pub which the shopkeeper had suggested he go to for cigarettes, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard

David Burns (27) was carrying a partially concealed knife when he told a shop worker to give him money.

But he had “a change of heart” when this woman's manager came out to the counter. He told the manager that he was joking about the knife and that he just wanted to buy cigarettes.

Detective Sergeant Brendan Bergin told Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, that the owner stood up to Burns and told him to get out of the shop.

She told him he could buy cigarettes in the nearby Lord Mayor's Pub in Swords.

When Burns left the manager rang gardai who arrested Burns shortly afterwards as he was leaving that pub with a six pack of beer which he hadn't paid for.

The court heard that Burns of Maple House, North Circular Road couldn't be interviewed immediately because he was drunk.

He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of the Spar Shop, Swords on October 29, 2011.

He has 53 previous convictions including assault causing harm, criminal damage, possession of firearms and public order offences.

James Dwyer BL, defending, said the incident in the shop lasted less than one minute. Burns told the court that he is trying to deal with his alcohol addiction.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she was concerned that this offence took place not long after Burns had being released from prison for another offence.

She ordered a report from the Probation Services to see if Burns if suitable for community work or a restorative justice programme.

She also advised Burns to stay away from drink and said he was still at risk of going to jail. She adjourned sentencing until December.

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