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Thief went for a pint after shop knife raid

A man who ran into a pub and bought a pint after holding up a nearly shop at knife-point has been jailed.

Thomas Thompson (41) of Tymonville Drive, Tallaght, admitted robbing the Maxol garage, Castletymon Road, Tallaght, on November 29, 2011.

Garda Mark Shortt told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Thompson walked into the shop holding a kitchen knife and threatened two members of staff. He took cash from two tills and ran out.

Two ESB workers saw him run out and chased after him but Thompson threw the knife to one side and then fired "fiver" notes back at the men.


Thompson out-ran them and went into a nearby pub. When gardai checked the pub shortly afterwards they found him sitting down with a pint in his hand and his jacket off.

Thompson, who has 58 previous convictions including 31 for robbery and two for drug dealing.

Judge Martin Nolan noted his expressions of remorse and attempts at rehabilitation and jailed him for two and a half years.

Defence solicitor Mark Lynam said his client, a reformed drug addict, was on his way to a counselling course on the day in question.

Counsel said Thompson was with some younger students on the day and took the head shop drug "snow blow" or mephedrone.

He added that Thompson had gone into the shop earlier that day to buy a newspaper and had no plans to rob the shop.