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Robber is spared prison after claiming he was desperate for money 'for the kid for Christmas'

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A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A man who robbed a shop because he was desperate for money "for the kid for Christmas" has avoided a jail term.

Father-of-one Paul Gibbons (29) told gardai it was the "most stupid thing" he ever did in his life.

Fiona Pekaar, defending, said Gibbons was on welfare at the time and the mother of his 10-year-old son refused him access when he was unable to pay maintenance.

Gibbons, of Grangemore Court, Donaghmede, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Spar on the Malahide Road, Artane, on December 23, 2013.

Judge Martin Nolan said a "misguided plan was hatched" and the gang went into the shop armed with knives.

He said he was taking into account Gibbons' cooperation with the investigation and his admissions before he sentenced him to three years in prison which he suspended in full.

Gda Jennifer O'Reilly told Marie Torrens, prosecuting, that €347 was stolen from the till after one of three raiders jumped over the counter. Two of them were armed with knives.

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Gardai were alerted and the staff provided descriptions of the culprits and their vehicle.

Gda O'Reilly said their car was stopped a short time later and Gibbons was arrested. The two other men have not been prosecuted.

Counsel described Gibbons as coming from a very stable family who have been "ruined" by his criminal behaviour.

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