Limerick man forced student to withdraw money from cash point

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Guilty plea: Jason Power

Guilty plea: Jason Power

A LIMERICK man has admitted falsely imprisoning a student and forcing him to withdraw a quantity of cash from an ATM near his home.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, Jason Power, aged 20, of Collins Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge relating to a break-in at College Court, Castletroy in the early hours of June 7, last.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told a mobile phone and around €40 in cash were taken during the burglary which happened at around 1.40am.

Having considered the garda file relating to the incident, the Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment and the matter was sent forward for trial to the circuit court once a book of evidence was completed and a copy served on him.

After John O’Sullivan BL, instructed by state solicitor Padraig Mawe, indicated that Mr Power’s guilty pleas were acceptable to the State, he said it was a case where the victim had been taken from his home to the ATM machine where he was forced to withdraw money.

Pat Whyms BL, instructed by solicitor Sabina Hegerty, said his client had entered an early plea and he submitted a probation report would be of benefit to the court.

Judge O’Donnell agreed and he directed that a report be prepared ahead of a sentencing hearing in February.

Mr Power, who has a number of previous convictions, faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.

Another person is before the courts charged in connection with the same offences.