A ROBBER described as a "menace to society who caused fear and terror" when he held up six Dublin businesses armed with a knife, has been jailed for 10 years with three suspended.
In one robbery Paul Carabini (48) held a knife to a pregnant bank worker's stomach while demanding cash to feed his drug habit.
During an attempted robbery at a McDonald's, the Dublin man held a knife at a staff member while a number of children were on the premises.
Carabini, of Mellows Road, Finglas, and formerly of Carnlough Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of €3,050 at Permanent TSC in Phibsboro on November 16, 2012.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing €300 from Mr Sims Shop on Dame Street on June 13, 2013 and theft of €280 and four boxes of shoes from Shoe Rack on Wicklow Street on December 4, 2013.
Carabini further pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at Hamilton Pharmacy on O'Connell Street and Dowling's Pharmacy on Lower Baggot Street on June 21, 2013, and attempted robbery at McDonald's in Phibsboro on September 4, 2014.
Judge Martin Nolan remarked that Carabini is "quite old to be committing these offences".
Carabini burst through the front door of the Permanent TSB in Phibsboro armed with a steak knife.
He jumped across the counter before approaching a female bank worker, who was in the early stages of her pregnancy.
He held the knife to the bank worker's stomach before demanding €10,000. He managed to grab €3,050 and left the bank. Customers helped gardai to identify Carabini and DNA samples from a jacket and knife linked him to the robbery.
Garda Gary Molloy agreed with the defence that Carabini did not know the bank worker was in the early stages of pregnancy.
He told prosecuting counsel Paul Carroll BL, that the woman was traumatised after the robbery and had to change positions within in the company.
Carabini has 21 previous convictions.