Raider held knife to pensioner's throat in robbery
A man who held a knife to the throat of a pensioner during an attempted post office robbery handed himself in after seeing footage of the raid on RTÉ's 'Crimecall', a court has heard.
Dean Creedy (28) of Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of the post office on Ballymun Road, on November 11, 2017. He has no previous convictions.
The court was told that Creedy handed himself in to gardaí after seeing CCTV footage from the attempted robbery on television.
Detective Garda Dominic McGrath told Fionnuala O'Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that Creedy saw a preview of the programme just before the 9pm news and called his parents. He went to his local Garda station shortly after the programme aired.
Creedy told gardaí he owed €600 to his drug dealers and was under threat to pay it so he decided to rob the post office.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim didn't tell his wife or children about the robbery. He didn't make a victim impact report but told gardaí that he just wanted to put the matter behind him.
Judge Melanie Greally remanded Creedy on continuing bail and adjourned the case to October 17 for sentence.
She said it was "an outrageous incident based on the age of the victim".
Referring to the victim, the judge noted the incident had not had any lasting consequences for him, adding: "He is someone of considerable fortitude."
She acknowledge that Creedy had "very significant mitigation" in that he had no previous convictions, had shown genuine remorse and was unlikely to come before the courts again.
Det Gda McGrath said the victim had just collected his pension when Creedy stood beside him, held a knife to his throat and told the postmaster he would cut the man's throat if money wasn't handed over.
The postmaster said he couldn't open the safe and Creedy ran out. The victim went to the door of the shop to see in which direction Creedy had gone.
Gardaí were called and they viewed the CCTV footage.
Det Gda McGrath said Creedy told officers that days previously he had tried to take his own life because of the pressure of the drug debt.
John Moher BL, defending, told the judge that his client was previously of good character and was ashamed of his actions.