Limerick Circuit Court heard that a worker at an internet cafe tried to fight off two armed robbers with an umbrella
A WORKER at an internet cafe tried to fight off two armed robbers with an umbrella, a Limerick court has heard.
One of the culprits – James Connors, aged 24, of Lord Edward Street – has pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery relating to an incident at Station Internet Cafe, Davis Street on February 20, last.
Limerick Circuit Court was told Mr Connors and another man entered the premises at around 7.25pm and that one of them threatened a worker while the second went behind the counter and took cash from the register.
A struggle then ensued during which the employee produced an umbrella and confronted the culprits who escaped with around €1,200 in cash.
While gardai located the culprits nearby a short time later, the money was not recovered and compensation has not been paid.
Brian McInerney BL, representing Mr Connors, said his client cooperated with gardai and made comprehensive admissions regarding his role in the offence following his arrest.
He commented that CCTV from the internet cafe was of outstanding quality and showed the “utter incompetence” of this client.
He said Mr Connors was “not compos mentis” on the night as he was heavily intoxicated when he entered the premises.
”Short of going in with a sandwich board and a flashing neon sight, he couldn’t have advertised his intentions any better,” he said adding that his client is lucky there is no offence in law of incompetence.
Garda Eoghan McDonagh agreed with the barrister that while in the premises the second culprit, who has not been prosecuted, appears, according to the CCTV footage, to be intent on “escalating” the incident while Mr Connors can be seen trying to calm him down.
Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned sentencing to early in the new year.