Limerick youth put knife to man’s head in petrol station

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A 17 YEAR-OLD from the northside of the city put a knife with a six inch blade to a head of a man in a petrol station as he attempted to rob, Limerick District Court has heard.

A 17 YEAR-OLD from the northside of the city put a knife with a six inch blade to a head of a man in a petrol station as he attempted to rob, Limerick District Court has heard.

The teenager, who cannot be named as he is underage, has pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery at the Mughal Great gas service station on the Corbally Road on June 22 last and production of a knife on the same date.

Detective Garda Donal Moynihan outlined to the court that the accused produced the knife at around 9am on that day and threatened staff, with a struggle quickly developing.

Detective Moynihan said it was captured on CCTV footage that the defendant attempted to wound the man in the head.

He said no money was taken and said “the whole incident probably lasted no more than 40 seconds.” The defendant made admissions to gardai in a number of interviews.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage on July 15 last.

After his arrest, charge and caution in respect of the knife charge, he replied: “I apologise.”

The defendant has 33 previous convictions, including at least five for theft, as well as charges for burglary, criminal damage, trespassing, handling stolen property, failing to appear, unauthorised taking of a vehicle, and road traffic.

The defendant addressed Judge Eugene O’Kelly during the case from the dock, stating: “I’m very sorry. I’ve never done something like that in my life and I’ll never do it again.”

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client has had difficulties with drugs, but “is mature enough to know the difference between right and wrong.”

He has been remanded in custody in St Patrick’s Institute in Dublin to appear before the court again on October 2, when a probation report is due into his progress.

The defendant will also be subject to drug analysis testing during that period.