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Robber is 'lucky to have good parents'

A CONVICTED robber has been given a chance to prove himself before sentence is passed after a judge commented that he was "very, very fortunate" to have the parents he had.

"I wouldn't do it," Judge Patrick McCartan said referring to Daniel Webster's parents who were trying to support him in getting off heroin.

"You are now 31-years-old. I would give you a root up the backside and tell you to sort yourself out.

"You deserve to go to jail but you are taking real steps to deal with your addiction," the judge said before he "reluctantly" agreed to give Webster a chance.

He remanded him on bail and adjourned the case to this day next year for sentence.

Webster (31) of Glin Park, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Spar at Coolock Village on October 30, 2011.

The court heard that he was armed with the end of a steel shovel, while his accomplice had a syringe, knife or a screwdriver. They threatened staff before Webster's accomplice jumped over the counter and grabbed the till drawers, containing over €600, and threw them into a shopping bag.

Garda Patrick Brodigan told the court that the staff followed the two raiders out of the shop and were later able to point out to gardai a house nearby that they were hiding out in.

Gardai eventually gained access to that house and found Webster there smoking and drinking with two other men. Webster and his accomplice were out of breath and the till drawers were immediately spotted nearby. There were coins and receipts still in it but the bigger sums of cash were gone.

The court heard that Webster has 17 previous convictions.

Pieter Le Vert, for Webster, told Judge McCartan that his client had huge family support from both his parents who were trying to help him get off drugs.

He asked that his client be given a chance by the court and pleaded with Judge McCartan not to impose a custodial sentence.

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