Tuesday 23 October 2018

Convicted killer held up shops with a knife and fork, court hears

Mark Bissett pictured in 2005
Mark Bissett pictured in 2005

Declan Brennan

A CONVICTED killer held up two shops armed with a knife and fork, a court has heard.

Mark Bissett (33, inset) threatened staff in a Spar shop at Ranelagh Triangle, south Dublin, with a silver “butter knife” during a raid on October 15, 2017.

He told staff: “Give me everything you have,” before jumping over the counter. He then tried to open the till but failed and ran off.

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Eleven days later, he came around the counter of a pharmacy on nearby Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, and held a fork out at the woman owner.

She stepped back into the dispensary and Bissett emptied the till of €220.

Bissett was identified on CCTV footage and traced back to his accommodation in a nearby hostel.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to charges of attempted robbery at Ranelagh Triangle and robbery at Dunville Avenue.

The court heard he had 65 previous convictions, including one for manslaughter, five for robbery and five for assault.

When arrested, he identified himself on CCTV and told gardai he had no memory of the raids because he had taken alcohol and tablets.

He added that he felt bad when the CCTV footage of the pharmacy robbery showed that children were present.

He said he hoped the children would not remember the incident and he wanted to apologise to everyone who was in the shop.

Nobody was physically hurt in the raids, the court heard.

However, the pharmacy owner feels more fearful at work now and is especially nervous after dark, Garda Eoin Hickey said.

Karl Monaghan, defending, said Bissett hoped to begin an addiction rehabilitation programme and to start a Community Employment Scheme.

Judge Elma Sheahan adjourned the sentencing of Bissett to November 5.

Bissett, formerly of Loughlinstown, Dublin, was jailed for six years in 2005 for killing his uncle, David Sutherland, in Sallynoggin, Dublin.

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