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Man held bookies workers captive as he raided safes

A MAN who robbed a bookmakers and held three people captive has been sentenced to nine years with two suspended.

Gary White (41), of Benmadigan Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of robbery, production of an implement, assaulting Rebecca Curtis causing her harm, and false imprisonment of Ms Curtis, Sinead Hopkins and a teenage customer on dates between October 15, 2010, and September 20, 2012.

He was on bail for each of the subsequent robberies when he committed the next and has been in custody since the last robbery.

Detective Garda Neil Fogarty told Marie Torrens, prosecuting, that on September 20, 2012, White was effectively "caught like a fox in a henhouse" after gardai arrived on the scene following a 999 call.



The 999 caller was a local man who had just got off the bus to see White drag Ms Curtis back into the shop through a half-closed shutter. White continued to drag the woman by her hair across the floor to a back office, where he demanded that she and Ms Hopkins open the safe.

The safe was opened and €363 was handed over to White. He then spotted a second safe and ordered that it be opened too. When the women informed him that it was time-locked and it would be 15 minutes before it would open, White replied: "So we will have to wait."

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed consecutive sentences totalling nine years. She suspended the final two years.