A CHRONIC heroin addict who donned a high-viz vest before attempting to rob a bookmakers’ premises has been warned he will go to prison if he does not stay out of trouble.
John Hayes, aged 42, of Hartigan Villas, Moyross has admitted entering the Paddy Power shop on William Street at around 8.50pm on August 21, 2013 and threatening a member of staff with a knife.
During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Ivan Muldoon said Hayes who was wearing an orange hoodie and a yellow high-viz vest left empty handed after the staff member refused to hand over any cash and pressed a panic button to raise the alarm.
He said CCTV footage was recovered from the premises as well as from a nearby pub where the defendant can be seen putting on the hoodie and hi-viz jacket minutes before the incident.
Det Garda Muldoon told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that the CCTV footage was “very good quality” and that there was a strong case against Hayes, who has almost 200 previous conviction.
Brian McInerney BL said his client is a chronic heroin addict who has no trappings of wealth.
However, he said he is now off drugs and hopes to enter residential treatment in the near future.
Noting this, Judge Tom O’Donnell said he was prepared to give Hayes a chance to enter residential treatment before he sentences him.
He said the defendant has an appalling record but agreed he is in “better shape” than when he previously appeared before the court.
Adjourning the case until September 29, next he warned Hayes that the matter is to be re-entered immediately if he is convicted of any offence.