A CHRONIC heroin addict who threatened staff at a petrol station with a claw hammer before taking €350 from the tills was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Daniel Braddish, aged 39, who has an address at McGarry House, Alphonsus Street, pleaded guilty to robbing the cash from the Topaz store, Corbally Road on June 22, 1012.
During a sentencing hearing, Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant, who had his hoodied pulled over his face, entered the premises and began shouting and roaring at two staff members who were behind the counter.
After hitting the glass partition and threatening the staff, Braddish escaped with the cash.
He was was arrested a short time later at Canal Bank wearing the same clothes.
A claw hammer was found in a search of the area and a large amount of cash was seized from a woman who was in the company of the defendant, who made admissions following his arrest.
Michael Fitzgibbon BL, defending, said his client, who has more than 30 previous convictions, “is only a human being” and had taken the money to fund his drug habit.
He said he had cooperated with gardai and had made admissions. His client’s large number of previous convictions, he said showed he was “not a very successful criminal. “He was estranged from most of his family as a result of his addiction.
Mr Fitzgibbon said Braddish hopes to turn his life around when he released from prison.
“He will have some time to have a good hard think about where he wants to go,” he commented urging the judge to give him “light at the end of the tunnel”.
Imposing sentence, Judge Tom O’Donnell said the incident must have been “extremely traumatising” for the two staff.He said despite having a very bad record, Braddish continues to reoffend.
He imposed a five year prison sentence, which he backdated to May 5, last.Braddish was sentenced to two years imprisonment for a separate burglary offence at Bourkes Bar, Catherine Street on May 10, 2013.
That sentence is to be served concurrently.