Carlow native jailed for spate of Dublin robberies
A Carlow native has been sentenced to seven years with five suspended at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for carrying out six robberies in the space of ten months.
David Murphy (33) who is originally from Carlow town, but now has addresses at Whitword Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 and North Circular Road, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to the robberies of various Dublin convenience stores and shops on dates between February 11 and December 20, 2011.
The court heard from various gardai that Murphy threatened staff with a knife during each robbery but never injured anyone. He was walking with the aid of crutches during two raids in April and May.
Murphy, who has 58 previous convictions dating back to 1994, grabbed a total of €3,302 in cash from the tills before walking out of the shops.
He was nominated as a suspect in each case and arrested after gardai viewed CCTV footage of the raids.
Murphy made admissions during subsequent garda interviews and at one point told gardai; “I don’t like doing it. I know I would scare the life out of someone but I need to do it.”
Each garda accepted that Murphy was carrying out the robberies to feed a long standing drug addiction.
Murphy committed the offences while serving a six year suspended sentence. This was subsequently reactivated and the seven year sentence imposed today is consecutive to that term.
Judge Patrick McCartan said it was a very sad case and Murphy had a very serious addiction.
He described the man’s future as “bleak” and said he is likely to revert to drug abuse on his eventual release from prison.
Commenting on the fact that Murphy has completed both his junior and leaving certificate exams while in custody, Judge McCartan said: “You seem to be a man of good intelligence…my God what a waste”.
He suspended the final five years of the sentence on strict conditions; including that Murphy remain under the supervision of the Probation Service for two years upon his release from prison.
James Dwyer BL, defending told Judge McCartan that Murphy grew up in Carlow but moved to Dublin in his mid-teens and was abusing various drugs by the time he was 20 years old.
“He lives in a world plagued by chronic drug abuse,” counsel said.
He accepted it would be tempting to put his client into prison and throw away the key but pleaded for leniency on the basis of his admissions and co-operation with the gardai.