Sunday 19 November 2017

Drug addict caught by security guard gets two years jail

Declan Brennan

A drug addict who was jumped from behind by a security guard during an attempted robbery of a pharmacy has being jailed for two years.

Damien Reilly (29) was wearing a balaclava and carrying a 15 inch sharply pointed kitchen knife when he tried to rob the Manor Pharmacy, on Manor Street, Stoneybatter.

He walked behind the counter and into the dispensary and started shouting “tablets, tablets” at the staff.

Garda Philip Byrne told Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, that during this time Ricky Satchfield, a security guard, came up behind Reilly and jumped him while Reilly was holding the knife.

The court heard that the security guard was assisted by the owner, Dominic Cooney, and the pair managed to restrain Reilly until gardai arrived.

Reilly of St Fintans Terrace, Cabra pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempted robbery of the pharmacy on June 16, 2011.

He also admitted robbing cash and prescription drugs from Collis's Pharmacy on the North Circular Road on June 6, 2011 and Stacks Pharmacy, Prospect Road on June 13, 2011.

The court heard Byrne has a drug problem. He has 12 previous convictions and has served a three year jail sentence for robbery.

Judge Martin Nolan said the incidents were “very frightening” for staff.

He noted that Reilly has taken steps to reform and to deal with his drug problem. He imposed a sentence of two years for the robberies and suspended a separate sentence of two years for the attempted robbery on the condition that Reilly is of good behaviour for two years after his release.

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