TWO workers with Circus Vegas left Limerick the day after they were lured to a house in Johnsgate village and robbed, a court has heard.
The men, who had been due to spend several working weeks in the city, were threatened at knifepoint during the terrifying incident last year.
John Sheehy, aged 21, of St Munchins Avenue, St Mary’s Park has pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment and robbery relating to the incident in the early hours of February 1, 2014.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Barry O’Grady said the victims – both aged in their 20s – had arrived in Limerick the previous day as they were part of the marketing and promotions team attached to Circus Vegas.
While out socialising in the city centre, they encountered a number of local youths including the defendant.
There was some “chat and banter” between the men and the youths who said they would bring them to a local nightclub.
However, the men were instead taken, under false pretence, to the rear of a house at Johnsgate village where they were forced into a garden shed and threatened.
One of men managed to escape while the other was taken to a nearby ATM where he was ordered to withdraw money before he too managed to escape and raise the alarm.
Garda O’Grady told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that while the investigation remains open Sheehy is the only person to have been charged - largely as a result of admissions he made following his arrest.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the incident was “extremely terrifying” for the two victims who returned home the day after the incident.
Sheehy will be sentenced next month.