Monday 22 January 2018

Judge tells robber he'll get a "root up the backside" and jail if he reoffends

Sonya McLean and Declan Brennan

A judge has told a convicted robber that he would give him “a root up the backside” and that he will go to jail if he reoffends.

Daniel Webster (31) of Glin Park, Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Spar at Coolock Village on October 30, 2011.

The court heard that he was armed with the end of a steel shovel, while his accomplice had a syringe, knife or a screwdriver. The raiders had their faces covered and were dressed in black.

They threatened staff before Webster’s accomplice jumped over the counter and grabbed the till drawers, containing over €600, and threw them into a plastic shopping bag.

Judge Patrick McCartan suspended a jail sentence of three years for five years.

Judge McCartan previously told Webster that he was “very, very fortunate” that his “long suffering parents” were supporting his efforts to get off heroin.

The judge said: “I wouldn’t do it. You are now 31-years-old. I would give you a root up the backside and tell you to sort yourself out.”

The judge told Webster his crime was a nasty one and that he had made a determined effort to terrorise people who were at work.

He said the crime deserved imprisonment but that Webster had made progress in dealing with his addiction. He told him: “You’ve got to get clear of drugs entirely. If you drift back into your old ways, if you reoffend, you will go to prison”

He told him it was easy to get off drugs with “your parents holding your hand”.

Garda Patrick Brodigan told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that the staff followed the two raiders out of the shop and were later able to point out to gardai a house nearby that they were hiding out in.

Gardai eventually gained access to the house and found Webster there smoking and drinking with two other men. Webster and his accomplice were out of breath and the till drawers were immediately spotted nearby. There were coins and receipts still in them but the bigger sums of cash were gone.

The court heard that Webster has 17 previous convictions which were all dealt with in the District Court and he has never served a prison sentence.

Gda Brodigan told the court that Webster had stayed off his radar and that he deserves a chance.

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