Star of TV3 show avoids jail over raid on hair salon
A Meath resident who stars in a television programme about prisoners and their families has avoided a jail term for a raid and an attempted raid over two years ago.
Dermot Molloy (36) of Lagour Crescent, Dunshaughlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and attempted robbery both on Dublin’s Capel Street on July 6 and July 7, 2012. He has 57 previous convictions, including 15 for robbery.
Willie Hughes BL, defending, told Judge Martin Nolan that his client is part of a TV3 documentary called Prison Families and the programme’s producer was in court to give evidence in Molloy’s defence.
Mr Hughes said Yvonne Kinsella would testify as to how she has seen “a real change” in Molloy from his release from prison for other robbery offences last September until now.
Judge Nolan said he didn’t need to hear such evidence.
He accepted that he had dealt with Molloy in April 2013 for similar robberies and these two new offences should have been dealt with at that time as they were carried out over the same period.
Judge Nolan said he had “no doubt” that he would have given Molloy a longer prison sentence at that time but said it would be “unjust in all the circumstances” to do that now.
He noted that Molloy seems to have rehabilitated and it would be “somewhat unfair” to send him to prison before he handed down a three year suspended sentence.
Garda John Dever told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting that Molloy went into a hair salon on Capel Street on July 7, and shouted “give me the money” before he approached a customer and demanded her money and phone.
This woman later told gardaí that the man put a knife very close to her face. She said “no, no” before going to the back of the salon.
Molloy then ran out. He was later nominated as a suspect after gardaí viewed CCTV footage of the raid.
The previous day, Molloy and another man, raided another salon. They approached staff, with what was described as a syringe, before taking €420 from the register.
Molloy was again captured on CCTV footage and nominated as a culprit.
He was arrested in November 2012 while on remand for other crimes in Cloverhill prison and was interviewed.
Molloy claimed that he had used a pen as a weapon in both offences but accepted that the people involved wouldn’t have known that. He was apologetic and said he had not wanted to hurt anyone.