Man who threatened to stab Limerick shop worker identified by his prison clothing

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Man who threatened to stab Limerick shop worker identified by his prison clothing

Limerick Courthouse, Mulgrave Street

A MAN who threatened to stab a worker at a store in Limerick city centre was identified after gardai located prison clothing which had his name printed on them.

Thomas Craig, 34, of Abbeyvale, Corbally  pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery charge relating to an incident at a convenience store on September 30, 2017.

Garda Dermot Cummins said the defendant entered the store shortly before 6.30pm and asked to change a €10 note. He left and returned a short time later – at which point he made a grab for the cash register and threatened the shop assistant.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that while conducting an unrelated search operation a number of months later, gardai discovered a plastic bag containing clothing.

Garda Cummins said Mr Craig’s name and a prisoner number were printed on the waistband of the pants and that these were linked to the defendant.

The clothing matched those of a man who carried out a theft offence at a separate store in the city centre using the same modus operandi as the burglary.

Mr Craig’s home was subsequently searched and he made admissions in relation to both offences following his arrest.

Eimear Carey BL said her client has a very bad heroin addiction and was “off his head on tablets and heroin” at the time.

Judge O’Donnell will impose sentence in June.