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Pair raided bookies - then went for a pint

TWO men who robbed a bookmakers were arrested shortly afterwards as they sat in a nearby pub drinking pints, a court has heard.

Owen Comerford (26), of Sean O'Casey Avenue, Summerhill, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Boyle Sports, Capel Street, on January 23, 2009.

Garda Michael Galligan told Cathleen Noctor, prosecuting, that Comerford and an accomplice, who was carrying an imitation firearm, and wearing balaclavas and latex gloves when they carried out the robbery.

Comerford jumped over the counter and cleared out two cash registers while his accomplice, an older relative who is facing separate charges, waved the gun around. The pair then left and were spotted running into a bar on the same street by a witness who then rang the gardai. They were drinking pints when gardai arrived and arrested them.

They found the proceeds of the robbery, around €570, on Comerford.

Michael Bowman, defending, said his client grew up in an abusive family situation where he witnessed incidents of domestic violence.


He said Comerford's mother was a chronic alcoholic who took her son along with her when she would go shop-lifting.

He said Comerford had become homeless to get away from his family and developed a chronic drug problem but that since the robbery he has become drug free.

Judge Martin Nolan said Comerford, who has 125 previous convictions, has reached a turning point. He imposed a two-year sentence, but suspended the last 15 months.