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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man avoids jail after post office bomb claim

Gardai (Stock image)
Gardai (Stock image)

A man who handed a post office worker a note saying he was wearing a bomb has avoided a jail term at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

James Bennett (22) of Clanbrassil Street, Dublin had pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at Leonard's Corner Post Office on October 17, 2013.

Garda Rory Heffernan told Geraldine Small BI, prosecuting, tha Bennett approached the counter of the post office where two women were working at about 11.30am, put a note under the hatch and took out a pellet gun.

The note said: "I have a bomb strapped to my body."

The two workers ran into the back office and then Bennett left. Gardai identified him from CCTV and arrested him shortly afterwards on Clanbrassil Street. His pellet gun was found in a nearby bin.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced him to three years in prison which she suspended in full in light of his willingness to work with the Probation Service and his 'ability to stay out of trouble.

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