THE suggestion that Wayne Bradley carried out a botched cash-van raid because he has special needs is an insult to special needs children, a judge has said.
JUDGE Tony Hunt made the remarks while hearing Bradley's mitigation plea. He is due to be sentenced for the raid next month with his brother Alan, known as 'Fatpuss'.
Wayne Bradley (33), of Ratoath Road, Finglas, Dublin and Alan Bradley (38) of Churchfields, Kentstown, Co Meath, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on November 2, 2007 at Tesco, Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Both men have been remanded in custody pending sentence.
Wayne's defence counsel, Aileen Donnelly, told Judge Hunt he should not be penalised because he shares the Bradley name and said that he "is not his brother's keeper."
She presented evidence that Wayne was "pressurised" into taking part in the raid by others but did not mention their names. Judge Hunt said he will have to overcome his "visceral reaction" to the case and apply the law when he passes sentence next month.
He said the 10-year maximum penalty is inadequate for the offence and that he will be forced to impose a sentence that he thinks is "less than appropriate".
"I'm not happy about it," he said.
Martina Buckley, an outreach worker in Cabra, told the court she worked with Wayne when he was an "at-risk youth".
She said he later came to her after the cash-van raid and was "distressed, upset and deeply remorseful". She said he followed her recommendation that he get psychiatric help.
Ms Buckley said Wayne went to a special needs school as a child but agreed with prosecuting counsel Deirdre Murphy that he knows the difference between right and wrong.
Judge Hunt said was "not receptive" to the special needs argument.
"There are many special needs children out there and it is an insult to them," he said.