Limerick student threatened and told to withdraw cash

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUNG man who threatened a student with a knife before ordering him to withdraw €150 from an ATM in the city centre was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

A YOUNG man who threatened a student with a knife before ordering him to withdraw €150 from an ATM in the city centre was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

John Sheehy, aged 19, of Saint Munchin’s Street, Saint Mary’s Park pleaded guilty at Limerick Court to robbing the then 21-year-old at 
Cruises Street on December 21, last.

Sgt Donal Cronin said prior to the incident, the defendant stole the injured party’s wallet as he was walking in the 
William Street area.

Sgt Cronin said the injured party was in fear after he was threatened that he would be stabbed by the defendant if he did not withdraw the cash.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly agreed describing the offence as a “particularly nasty aggravated” crime.

Solicitor John Devane said his client had co-operated with gardai and that he had made admissions following his arrest.

He added that he is now “clean and sober” and is no longer abusing illicit substances.

Judge O’Kelly imposed a nine month prison sentence and he imposed a consecutive four month prison sentence in relation to two separate robbery offences, which occurred while Sheehy was on bail.

Sgt Cronin said those offences occurred on March 4, last when the defendant threatened two non-nationals at Golf Links Road and took their mobile phones.

The phones were recovered later that day when Sheehy was searched at a routine traffic checkpoint.

Judge O’Kelly noted that he had previously applied the Probation Act in relation to the defendant and he commented “I’m afraid he has not made enough of that opportunity.”