'This woman's life depends on you', knifeman told cashier
A man who wielded large knives in two robberies during a week-long spree fuelled by alcohol and drugs has been jailed for six years.
Jordon Boyle (21) held a machete up to a woman's face and told a cashier "this woman's life depends on you" during one of the robberies.
He was caught after returning to the scene of one of the crimes and telling a staff member he had robbed the garage the previous week. He was later arrested after trying to hijack a Bentley car at the same garage.
Boyle, of Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one of attempted unlawful seizure of a vehicle between November 7 and 15, 2016.
Gda Michael Parry Jones said that on November 7, 2016, Boyle entered the Esso garage on Navan Road with a butcher's knife and screamed at a woman to get on to the floor.
He stole from the till and pressed his knife to the head of the cashier, ordered her to get on to the ground and then stole a bottle of vodka as he fled.
Gda Jones said that on the evening of November 14 a woman in her 60s walking her dog in Castleknock was grabbed from behind by Boyle, who held a machete in front of her.
He pushed her into a Topaz petrol station where he put the machete to her face and told the cashier "this woman's life depends on you" before demanding money. The cashier, afraid the woman would be hurt, handed over cash.