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Thursday 8 December 2016

Raider fled service station after struggle with staff with only a can of cola

Swords Court

David Cummins (25) fled with only a can of Coca-Cola
David Cummins (25) fled with only a can of Coca-Cola

A MAN with 101 previous convictions has been sentenced to six months in prison after he attempted to rob a Co Dublin service station.

David Cummins (25) reached into the till to grab money but after a struggle ensued between himself and a member of staff, he fled with only a can of cola.

Cummins, of Cherry Park, Rivervalley, Swords pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to attempting to steal cash from Rush Fuel Services on Whitestown Road, Rush on March 29, 2014. He further pleaded guilty to stealing a can of Coca Cola valued at €1.

Garda Timothy McCallion said: "An employee grabbed his hands while he was trying to get the cash and a struggle ensued resulting in the defendant fleeing the shop."

Cummins has 101 previous convictions, including 30 for theft, and is currently serving a seven-month sentence for burglary.

Problems

Defence solicitor Thomas Freeman said Cummins' previous convictions does "not paint a pretty picture".

"His father died in front of him when he was 15 and he took to alcohol after that," said Mr Freeman, adding that this in turn led to its own problems.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a six-month sentence for the attempted robbery.

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