A MAN who robbed €2,500 in cash from a busy petrol station after threatening staff with a metal spike was sentenced to more than four years imprisonment.
Timmy Casey, aged 37, of Clonlong Halting Site, Southill pleaded guilty to robbing the money from Casey’s Centra, Dock Road in the early hours of December 28, last.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Barry Manton said Casey, who was armed with a metal spike, entered the shop at around 3.20am.
After approaching the counter, he threatened a member of staff he would be stabbed if the did not hand over the cash from the till.
Casey then came around the counter and took all the notes before fleeing through an emergency exit.
Casey was followed by staff and bouncers, who happened to be in the premises a the time, and was tackled to the ground on a green area to the rear of the petrol station.
All of the stolen money was recovered and Garda Manton told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that “incredible bravery” had been shown by the staff and bouncers.
Commenting that the incident was very serious and noting that Casey has an extensive list of previous convictions, Judge Carroll Moran imposed a six year prison sentence, suspending the final two-and-a-half years.
The sentence is to be served consecutively to a ten month sentence, which was imposed at Limerick District Court for a separate theft offence in 2012. That sentence was initially suspended but was activated as the robbery offence happened during the period of suspension.