Limerick Circuit Court
A MAN who threatened and robbed a worker at an internet cafe in Limerick city centre has been jailed for three years.
James Connors, aged 24, of Lord Edward Street had pleaded guilty to charges relating to an incident at Station Internet Cafe, Davis Street, on February 20, 2017.
The defendant, who was heavily intoxicated, was one of two men who entered the premises at around 7.25pm.
One of the men threatened a worker while the second went behind the counter and took a significant quantity of cash from the register.
Limerick Circuit Court was told a struggle then ensued during which the employee produced an umbrella and confronted the culprits who escaped with around €1,200 in cash.
Garda Eoghan McDonagh said having been alerted to the incident, gardai located the culprits nearby a short time later. However, he said the stolen 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 his 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 light, he couldn’t have advertised his intentions any better,” he said
During a sentencing hearing, Garda 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.
Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said what happened was very serious and cannot be tolerated. He imposed a three year prison sentence, backdating it to the date of the offence.