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Friday 15 December 2017

Drug addict jailed over failed bid to rob pharmacy

A drug addict who was scared off by three women armed with a baseball bat and a steak knife when he tried to rob a pharmacy has been jailed for 13 months.

Karl Fleming (40), of Limetree Avenue, Portmarnock, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of Tracy's Pharmacy, Eden Quay, Dublin, on February 2 last year.

The court heard how one of the victims grabbed a wooden bat while another used a steak knife to drive him out of the shop. Another followed him until she saw a garda patrol car and asked gardai to arrest him.

Judge Martin Nolan described the incident as a "frightening event" but commended the three victims for showing a "great degree of fortitude and hardiness".

He jailed Fleming, who has 39 previous convictions, for 13 months yesterday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Irish Independent

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