Three jailed over botched raid on city jewellers
THREE men, whose botched attempt to rob a high-end jewellery store ended in one of them being hospitalised, have been given prison sentences of between seven and nine years.
Dublin jeweller Ken McDonagh turned the tables on the armed robbers who attempted to plunder his Dawson Street store in November 2009.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard how one of the men, Clive Kavanagh, was buzzed through security and into the jewellery store inquiring about a watch.
He was supposed to hold open a security door for his two accomplices, but he let it close behind him, leaving the pair to wait until another customer was coming in.
Kavanagh of Portland Row; his nephew Glen Kavanagh, of Dunne Street Flats; and Michael Martin, of Upper Oriel Street, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and possession of a firearm at Dawson Jewellers, Dawson Street on November 6, 2009.
Judge Tony Hunt imposed a seven-year sentence on Clive Kavanagh and suspended the final three years.
He imposed an eight-year sentence on Glen Kavanagh and suspended the final two years.
He imposed a nine-year sentence on Martin and also suspended the final two years.