Judge’s concern over violence on Limerick streets as serial offender jailed

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Brendan Sherlock was sentenced to three and-a-half years’ imprisonment when he appeared before Limerick Circuit Court

Brendan Sherlock was sentenced to three and-a-half years’ imprisonment when he appeared before Limerick Circuit Court

A JUDGE in Limerick has said members of the public must be protected from those who engage in random acts of violence on public streets.

Judge Tom O’Donnell made his comments as he jailed a serial offender who threatened a number of young men with a stanley knife with the aim of getting cash for the bus home.

Brendan Sherlock, aged 26, of Lahinch Road, Ennis pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to a series of offences which happened over a short period on the evening of October 25, 2017.

Detective Garda Dermot Cummins told Limerick Circuit Court the defendant approached the victims, all aged in their early 20s, at Arthurs Quay bus stop, Sarsfield Street and O’Connell Street.

In each case, he “sidled up them” before subtly producing the knife and demanding small amounts of cash – saying it was for the bus back to Ennis.

The detective said the defendant, who has a number of distinctive tattoos made a threatening gesture with the knife to another man who intervened during one of the attempted robberies.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Sherlock was arrested and the knife recovered after gardai stopped and boarded an Ennis-bound bus a short time after they were alerted to one of the incidents.

Barrister Brian McInerney said his client, who comes from a large family, was intoxicated at the time and immediately expressed remorse following his arrest.

He said the father-of-two, who has more than 100 previous convictions, did not physically harm any of the victims and co-operated fully with gardai during interview.

Judge O’Donnell said such incidents are “all too common” on the streets of Limerick and that the public must be protected.

He imposed a four and-a-half year prison sentence, suspending the final 12 months.