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A CONVICTED robber who was found following a "manhunt" in the toilet of a train in Thurles has had his seven year prison sentence reduced to five by the Court of Appeal.

A CONVICTED robber who was found following a "manhunt" in the toilet of a train in Thurles has had his seven year prison sentence reduced to five by the Court of Appeal.

Andrew Hoare (27), of Monakeeba, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had pleaded guilty to robbery at a shop in the town on September 2 2012

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Thomas Teehan at Clonmel Circuit Criminal Court on April 11 2013.

Hoare successfully appealed his sentence yesterday in the Court of Appeal and must now serve a term of five years imprisonment.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan said Hoare committed "a frightening and serious offence". He went into a shop premises in Thurles armed with a knife and demanded money from the shop-owners son, a Mr Scanlon.

However, Mr Justice Ryan said Mr Scanlon resisted and attempted to wrestle the knife from Hoare. There was a struggle, Hoare got the better of Mr Scanlon, leaving him with an injured hand and a sum of money was taken.

Mr Scanlon was able to chase Hoare down the street invoking the help of gardaí and there was a "general manhunt" for Hoare in Thurles, Mr Justice Ryan said.

Hoare headed toward the railway station, Mr Justice Ryan said, and gardaí had the prudence to stop the train and search it where they found Hoare in the toilet. Money was recovered and Hoare was arrested, charged and prosecuted.

Mr Justice Ryan said the Court of Appeal did not wish to minimise the seriousness of the offence but locating Hoare's offence at the highest level of robbery crimes was putting it a bit strongly, Mr Justice Ryan said.

He said "some reduction was permissible" and the court reduced Hoare's seven year sentence to one of five.


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