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Lookout was 'under control' of gunman

A YOUNG woman who acted as lookout for an armed robber was in a relationship with him and "under his control", a court heard.

Lauren Connolly (22) kept watch while the man robbed staff in a Dublin cafe and bookshop with an imitation firearm.

Dublin District Court heard Connolly had got "out of her depth".

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.

Connolly, of Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to robbery at Cafe Sol, Clare Street, Dublin 2, last February 17 and Book Value, South Great George's Street, last February 8.


The court heard a man entered the bookshop at 3.40pm, produced a firearm and robbed a staff member of €130.

CCTV footage was examined and gardai discovered that the accused had "acted as a lookout for the gunman".

The second incident happened at 3.58pm. This time the man took €1,000 from the till.

Connolly was later arrested and detained.

The accused had been in a relationship with the suspected gunman, her solicitor Donogh Molloy said.

A garda confirmed that the man "had a large amount of control over the accused".

Connolly had never been in trouble before. She moved out of the family home and "without realising it, found herself in a situation in which she was completely out of her depth".