Saturday 20 July 2019

Threats to kneecap in attempted robbery

A 22 year old man who attempted to rob a man outside a bank on Clanbrassil Street was given a twelve month jail term at Dundalk Circuit Court.

Judge Petria McDonnell suspended the final five months of the sentence handed down to Michael Cummins, Lios Dubh, Armagh Road, after the court heard he admitted to the offence of attempted robbery on March 4th 2019.

The court was told that Cummins had been in the company of youths when he accosted a man outside a bank, demanding cash be handed over.

Cummins used threats of 'knee capping' and told the victim he would be beaten if he didn't hand over money. A punch was also thrown during the incident, and the victim had sustained some injury to his mouth.

However, the court was told that gardai were quickly on the scene, and had pursued the defendant, who they found to be in a 'highly intoxicated' state when he was apprehended.

The court also heard a victim impact statement from the man who Cummins had attempted to rob. He said he had been fearful of walking through Dundalk since the incident, where he had suffered a chipped tooth, which would need dental work. He also had to go to hospital for a CT scan as a result of the incident, which caused him to miss an orthopaedic appointment that he had been waiting to get for over six years.

The court was told he had seven previous convictions. He had received a conviction for one offence, which led to an eight year prison term, with the last four years suspended. Cummins had been in custody for the attempted robbery charge since March.

Defence counsel Donough McDonough told the court that the defendant still lives with his mother. He had begun 'getting into trouble' when he was around 18 years old. He said that a lot of his difficulties had stemmed from his use of alcohol and drugs.

MrMcDonough said that an 'exceptionally early plea' had been made by the defendant. He also had instructions to offer an apology to the victim.

In summary Judge Petria McDonnell said the defandant had approached and threatened a man outside the bank. 'There were threats of knee capping and being beaten to within an inch of his life' which had let the victim very fearful.

She said it was thankful that gardai had arrived on the scene.

She acknowledged the early plea, and handed down a twelve month sentence, with the final five months suspended, on the condition that he engage with services to address his drug and alcohol use.

The Argus