Monday 18 December 2017

Nine months for youth who threatened and robbed journalist


A DUBLIN youth, who threatened the Irish Daily Mirror's crime reporter with a knife during a terrifying robbery, has been given a nine-month sentence.

Repeat offender Stewart Whelan (18) of Buttercup Park, in Darndale, pleaded guilty today to robbery of two phones from Cathal McMahon, at Moateview Avenue, in north Dublin, on June 16 last year.

The youth was a juvenile at the time of the offence but has since reached adulthood.

Garda Deirdre McInerney told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that the youth robbed Mr McMahon of an Apple Iphone worth €300 and a Samsung Galaxy worth €400.

She said the teen “threatened the injured party with a small knife and Cathal McMahon was in fear”.

The teenager also admitted stealing another phone from a woman after he “lunged” at her, at Bayside DART station, in north Dublin, on September 3 last year.

Judge Ryan was told that the youth already had 46 prior criminal convictions and is currently serving a sentence from which he will be released in August.

The youth's litany of previous offences included possessing an article as a weapon, thefts and burglary.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said the youth wanted his case to be finalised.

Judge Ryan said a probation report on the teen showed that he had done well when he was at a training course and addiction counselling. However, she added, “getting you to go attend is the problem.”

She said she hoped he will have learned a lesson by the time he is released adding that now he is an adult he would not get the same level of support.

The judge gave him a nine month custodial sentence for the robbery of Mr McMahon.

“To do what you did and threaten someone with a knife, it is bad enough that property was taken but to put him in such fear, the court would consider it to be an extremely serious matter,” she said.

For the other theft at the DART station, she gave him a nine-month suspended sentence on condition he does not re-offend for one year.

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