Shop staff threatened with knife by robber

Limerick Courthouse
A PERPETUAL criminal who robbed €185 from a city shop after threatening staff with a kitchen knife was been sentenced to three years in prison.

A PERPETUAL criminal who robbed €185 from a city shop after threatening staff with a kitchen knife was been sentenced to three years in prison.

Michael Moran, 20, of Clare Street pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at around 8pm on July 2, 2010.

During a sentencing hearing, Limerick Circuit Court was told the defendant entered Sean’s Shop, Johnsgate and threatened two female members of staff before demanding money from the till.

Neither of the women were injured but both were traumatised.

Moran also pleaded guilty to robbing a mobile phone and a wallet containing €30 in cash from a man who was walking at the Canal Bank on December 29, 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to rob another man at John Street on February 16, 2011.

John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting told the court that Moran was on bail when he committed the offences at Canal Bank and John Street.

However, he agreed with Mark Nicholas BL that other invididuals were also involved in those incidents and that he was not the main instigator.

Mr Nicholas said his client, who failed to appear in court in February for a sentencing hearing, leads a “chaotic lifestyle” but he said he had cooperated with gardai.

He said his client’s addictions problems had been factors in the offences.

Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran noted that the defendant has a “considerable amount of previous convictions” but he said a mitigating factor in the case were his admissions.

However, the judge said the fact that Moran was a recidivist was an aggravating factor.

He imposed sentences totalling five years in prison but he suspended the final two years on condition he stays out of trouble until 2017.