STAFF and customers at a busy petrol station have been praised for their “incredible bravery” in apprehending a man who robbed €2,500 in cash after threatening to stab a member of staff with a sharp metal spike.
Details of the dramatic incident, which took place last Christmas emerged during a sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Court.
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 the 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 attempted to flee the store.
After staff locked the automatic doors, a number of bouncers from a city centre nightclub were alerted as they were eating in the Supermacs area of the premises. They too were threatened by Casey who then ran away through a fire escape door.
He was followed by the bouncers and staff members and was tackled to the ground on a green area to the rear of the petrol station.
Garda Manton said Casey was being restrained by the bouncers when he arrived and that he had to use pepper spray to subdue the defendant.
All of the stolen money was recovered and Garda Manton told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, “incredible bravery” had been shown by the staff and bouncers on the night in the way they confronted and apprehended Casey, who has an extensive list of previous convictions.
Following his arrest, the defendant told gardai he was stoned out of his head having consumed tablets and alcohol in the hours before the incident.
Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing until next month to allow certain matters to be clarified.