A RECOVERING heroin addict who threatened staff at a city pharmacy with an intimidation firearm during an attempted robbery more than three years ago avoided a prison sentence.
Bobby Moran, aged 25, with an address Johnsgate Village pleaded guilty, at Limerick Circuit Court, to two charges relating to the incident, which happened at Charlotte Quay pharmacy on January 30, 2011.
Moran escaped empty-handed from the premises after he was confronted by a member of staff who hit him with a mop handle when he realised the gun was not real.
The defendant also admitted threatening a student with a piece of broken glass two weeks earlier before robbing his mobile phone and iPod from him.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Barry Manton told Limerick Circuit Court that Moran had committed both offences in order to fund his drug addiction.
He said he made admissions in relation to both matters and that they were of significance to gardai.
Neither the student nor the staff at the pharmacy gave evidence, but John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said Moran’s guilty pleas were a relief to them.
Seeking leniency, Moran told Judge Carroll Moran that he is now drug free and does not intend taking drugs again.
“I have never given up drugs for so long,” he said as he undtaking to stay off drugs and to cooperate with the Probation Services.
Judge Moran said the offences, which were “very serious matters”, deserve a three-year prison sentence but in the circumstances he said he was suspended the sentence for three years.