Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sex offender desperate for Christmas money jailed for robbery

Sonya McLean

A convicted sex offender who was desperate for money for Christmas has been jailed for two and half years after he robbed the same shop twice.

Carlos Daly (43), whose 97 previous convictions include sex assault, burglary, theft, criminal damage and robbery, was nominated as a suspect after gardai viewed CCTV footage of the raids.

He made immediate admissions when he was questioned for both robberies in January 2012 and said he had spent the money on his partner and four children.

“It was coming up to Christmas and the kids were looking for computer games and laptops. I was under pressure. I had not thought it through,” he told gardai.

Daly of Moreen Avenue, Sandyford pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of robbery of Kavanagh’s Shop, Aungier Street on November 23, 2011 and January 13, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to theft of a Sat Nav in Dublin 8, also on January 13, after he smashed a woman’s car window and took the device.

The court heard that Daly had threatened staff in the first raid with a silver pen, placed up his sleeve to appear like a knife.

He demanded money from the till and took €360 before leaving the shop, dropping the pen as he fled.

In the second robbery he threatened staff in the same shop with a craft knife, holding it to the right hand side of the man’s body and threatening to cut him with it.

He left the shop after taking €317 from the till.

Gardai patrolling the area that day found Daly trying to jump over a railing while carrying the Sat Nav.

He was arrested and brought in for questioning in relation to both robberies.

Raymond Farrell BL, defending told Judge Martin Nolan that his client had worked as a security guard for nine years until he was 30 years old and started to smoke heroin.

He said his offending behaviour generally relates to that time in his life but told the court that Daly is now “clean of all drugs”,

“He is doing his level best to control what had been a serious problem. He now simply wants to get home to his kids again,” Mr Farrell said.

Judge Nolan said it would have been a frightening experience for the staff and accepted Daly’s plea and co-operation with gardai before he jailed him for two and half years.

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