Wednesday 17 January 2018

Violent robber has jail term tripled after appeal by DDP

Brian Kavanagh

A DUBLIN man who threatened two off -license staff with a knife during a violent robbery has had his one year jail term tripled following a successful appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DPP had sought to appeal against what it submitted was the undue leniency of the one-year sentence imposed on Paul McEneaney (29), of Plunkett Avenue, Finglas, by Judge Martin Nolan in May last year.



McEneaney had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and the production of a weapon at the Ice Box off-licence in the Charlestown Shopping Centre, Finglas, on July 13th, 2010.



The court heard that McEneaney was wearing two sets of clothes when he entered the premises and demanded money, threatening two staff members with a knife.



When McEneaney became distracted by money being stacked on the counter, one of the staff members hit the robber with a sweet stand and managed to push him back against a wall. The court heard that McEneaney then took a slash at this staff member with the knife.



After the second staff member had pushed a panic button and come to the aid of his colleague, McEneaney dropped the knife and attempted to flee, but was tripped by the staff members who sat on him until gardai arrived.



Returning an extemporary judgement, presiding judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said this was “manifestly” an unduly lenient sentence as McEneaney had committed a “violent attack” on two men.



Mr Justice Hardiman said in this case the court considered the minimum appropriate sentence to be one of five years with two years suspended, which would commence upon the lawful expiry of a two year sentence imposed on McEneaney in July 2010 for another offence.

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