The perpetrators of a violent robbery were apprehended after the victim spotted them a short time later in a fast-food restaurant in the city centre.
Wayne Dolan, aged 25, of Crescent Villas, O’Connell Avenue and Keith O’Brien, aged 23, of no fixed abode, admitted robbing a gold chain from John Kilroy on June 24, 2012.
During a sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Court, Garda Brian Manton, Henry Street, said Mr Kilroy had been on a night out and was walking to get a lift home at around 2am when he was knocked to the ground by the culprits who proceeded to kick and punch him.
Garda Manton said the injured party had been followed to the Roches Street area after Dolan had earlier tried to “tap him up” outside Abrakabara on O’Connell Street.
Judge Carroll Moran was told after initially returning home after the incident, Mr Kilroy returned to the city centre where he later observed Dolan and O’Brien in a fast food restaurant on Ellen Street.
He alerted gardai and both men, who were intoxicated, were arrested a short time later.
Garda Manton said Mr Kilroy’s gold chain was recovered when O’Brien was searched.
He added that the motivation for the robbery appeared to have been the fact that Mr Kilroy had ignored Dolan when he encountered him outside Abrakebabra.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said both men made admissions during garda interviews and he said it was a “classic case of thieves falling out with each other” as each has blamed the other.
Judge Caroll Moran was told both men have a number of previous convictions and that O’Brien received a suspended sentence in relation to a separate offence a number of weeks earlier.
Both Dolan and O’Brien will be sentenced on February 8, next.