British TV star extradited from UK to face robbery charge in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A BRITISH television star has been remanded in custody after he pleaded guilty to robbing more than €5,000 in cash from a Moneygram outlet in Limerick city centre more than three years ago.

A BRITISH television star has been remanded in custody after he pleaded guilty to robbing more than €5,000 in cash from a Moneygram outlet in Limerick city centre more than three years ago.

Craig Fitzpatrick, aged 25, who previously had an address at Emmet Place, St Joseph’s Street, Limerick appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court last evening following his extradition from the UK.

He pleaded guilty to robbing €5,200 in cash from Meed Beauty, Parnell Street on August 15, 2009.

A number of staff members were threatened with a knife during the incident although, Limerick District Court heard, Fitzpatrick only acted as a lookout.

The actor, who has starred in television series such as Channel 4’s Shameless and the BBC’s Waterloo Road, was arrested by police in London last week on foot of a European bench warrant which was issued in early 2010.

Detectives from Limerick travelled to London earlier this week after they were informed of his arrest by their colleagues in the UK.

Within an hour of the extradition flight landing at Shannon Airport the defendant was brought before the special court sitting.

Det Garda Pat Whelan, Roxboro Road, said he executed a bench warrant at Shannon Airport at 5.05pm.

The warrant was issued in October 2009 after Fitzpatrick failed to appear in court having been previously granted bail after he was charged in connection with the robbery.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the European Bench Warrant was not executed by arrangement and that Fitzpatrick had “arrived at Shannon Airport in the company of gardai from the UK”.

Insp Brendan McDonagh said the DPP had directed that the matter could be dealt with at the district court if the defendant pleaded guilty.

Judge O’Kelly granted Fitzpatrick free legal aid in the circumstances and he assigned solicitor John Devane to represent him.

After accepting his guilty plea he remanded him in custody until Tuesday next, September 25, when gardai will outline the full facts of the case to the court.

The judge said the adjournment would also allow Mr Devane to prepare a full plea of mitigation before he imposes sentence.