Monday 24 October 2016

Dad-to-be jailed for attempted robbery

blanchardstown District Court

Ross Cahill
Ross Cahill

A THIEF who jogged past a man who was using a mobile phone and tried to grab it out of his hand has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Ross Cahill (21), who has 38 previous convictions and is currently serving a three-month sentence for theft, knew the injured party, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Cahill, of Hazelgrove, Portrane Road, Donabate, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of a mobile phone from Sean McMahon outside Donabate/Portrane Community and Leisure Centre last December 22.

He further pleaded guilty to a number of other offences including being in possession of scissors and refusing to pay a taxi fare last September 6 in Mulhuddart.

The court heard that while Mr McMahon was using his phone at around 11pm, Cahill jogged past him with his face covered with a balaclava.

Cahill demanded that Mr McMahon hand over his phone, but he refused and ran for assistance.

Cahill committed this offence while on bail for other offences, the court was told.

"He has issues with alcohol and drug addiction, but his main focus now is his girlfriend who is four months pregnant with his first child which he is excited about," Cahill's solicitor said.

Judge David McHugh said the victim is entitled to his justice and ordered that the six-month sentence run consecutive to the one he is serving.

"He is a volatile man," he said.

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