Monday 23 October 2017

Four years for robbery when on compassionate release

Declan Brennan

A man who robbed a pharmacy while on compassionate prison release has been jailed for four years.

Bernard Kelly (32) of Ashtown Court, Ballybrack pointed a pellet gun at “terrified” staff in the Medipharm pharmacy in Dundrum and demanded drugs and money.

Una Tighe BL, prosecuting, told the court that Kelly was out on compassionate release because of his very sick parents when he used a stolen car to carry out the robbery.

Kelly pleaded guilty to robbery at Arbourfield Terrace on December 13, 2011 and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car at Springfield Avenue, Templeogue on December 14.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that in March 2010 Kelly received a sentence of five year with two suspended, for two counts of attempted robbery.

Judge Desmond Hogan said that Kelly had fooled the prison authorities into letting him out and then used a stolen car to commit a robbery.

Luigi Rea BL, defending, said that when he was released from prison, Kelly was confronted with a former drug debt of €6,000 and forced to carry out the robbery.

He said his client is now drug free and his family intend to “beg, borrow and scrape” to help clear his debt.

Judge Hogan ordered Kelly to serve the suspended two years of this sentence. He also imposed a sentence of four years with two suspended for the new offences.

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