€2 toy gun robber has sentence appeal dismissed
A drug addict who robbed a Post Office with a €2 toy gun has lost an appeal against the severity of his prison sentence.
Jonathon Duffy (33), of Kilclare Crescent, in Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to robbing Blackrock Post Office, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery, the stealing of a car and attempted theft of another car on April 16, 2013.
He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Mary Ellen Ring in May 2014.
Dismissing Duffy's sentence appeal yesterday Mr Justice George Birmingham said Duffy entered the Post Office, grabbed a woman and waved what appeared to be a gun around.
The woman was released when approximately €3,000 in €20 notes was handed over.
Mr Justice Birmingham said Duffy stuffed these into a bag and tried to stop cars as he fled.
A woman had been sitting in traffic when she saw a man being chased by security. He got in her vehicle on the passenger side and told her to drive but due to traffic, made little progress.
He told her he had to get away and threatened to kill her, the judge said.
The car required not only a key to start but a push button also. Duffy didn't realise and the car was surrounded but Gardai had considerable difficulty in extracting him from the car.
The woman whose car had been seized described it as "one of the most frightening and traumatic" events in her life.
He had 35 previous convictions including 10 for robbery, all recorded in the Circuit Court
Mr Justice Birmingham said the offence was very serious and committed by an offender with a significant and relevant prior record. He dismissed the appeal.