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My terror at hands of masked robbers – pharmacist (81)

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Pharmacist, William Boles of AC Boles Chemist, Emmet Road, Inchicore pictured at work yesterday.

Pharmacist, William Boles of AC Boles Chemist, Emmet Road, Inchicore pictured at work yesterday.

Pharmacist, William Boles of AC Boles Chemist, Emmet Road, Inchicore pictured at work yesterday.

AN 81-year-old pharmacist has told how he feared he was going be thrown off the roof of his shop by two masked raiders who held him at knifepoint.

Exactly a year since the shocking robbery that has left him on heart medication, William Boles told how his hands were cuffed behind his back as the raiders pushed him throughout the shop, taking money and drugs before fleeing and leaving him on the floor.

Alan Tunstead (43), a father of five, from Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three robberies between April 13, 2012, and May 2, 2012.

He robbed the AC Boles pharmacy on Emmet Road in Dublin's Inchicore last May 2 with an accomplice, armed with a knife and screwdriver, and had been a customer, said Mr Boles.

Tunstead was sentenced to eight years for the robberies, with the final 18 months suspended.

"I was after locking the shop and was heading to my car when I was confronted by two man with balaclavas and a big carving knife," Mr Boles said.

"They shouted at me to put my hands behind my back and handcuffed me, then walked me back into the shop.

"They took me to the top floor, and I thought they were going to threaten to throw me off the roof."

Mr Boles's parents opened the shop in 1928, and he has worked there for over 50 years.

"They must have thought there was an office up there, but there's not, so they forced me downstairs again and told me to sit on the floor.

"After that they went through my pockets and got keys to the safe and my car.

"They took the money and then went looking for Valium and Viagra and other drugs they could turn into easy cash."

Premeditated

Garda Peter Clifford told the court that Tunstead and the second man had threatened to cut Mr Boles's throat.

"When they were finished, they left me sitting with my hands cuffed behind my back and escaped in my car," he said.

Tunstead later admitted to gardai that the robbery had been premeditated and said he had watched Mr Boles's movements the night before.

He said he knew the chemist "was fragile and an easy touch".

Mr Boles has since spent €4,000 to increase the security at the pharmacy.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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