Former Dubs hurler jailed over mugging
A HURLER who trained with the Dublin team has been jailed after carrying out an armed mugging in broad daylight.
Michael Joyce (25) was identified by gardai on CCTV throwing soiled toilet paper onto the walls of a fast food restaurant shortly before the mugging.
Joyce of Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 4, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of criminal damage at Supermacs, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, on January 30 and January 31, 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to robbing Jonathan Byfort on January 30, 2010 and to stealing from Clodagh Leonard on February 15, 2011.
Garda Martin Doole told Cathleen Noctor, prosecuting, that the victim was on Westmoreland Street selling charity badges when Joyce approached him and said he wanted to buy a number of them.
He asked Mr Byfort to follow him to a cash machine and led him into a side street. He then pulled out a Stanley knife and held it up to Mr Byfort before taking €15 in coins.
Garda Doole said that while checking the nearby shops for CCTV images of the attack they came across images of Joyce in the downstairs toilet.
The court heard he had gone into the premises before carrying out the mugging and thrown tissue paper covered in excrement onto the walls.
Joyce returned to the restaurant the next day and did the same thing, leaving staff to deal with a "significant clean up operation". Michael Bowman, defending, said his client had carried out a "daylight robbery".
He said Joyce had a difficult upbringing but was a "hurler of some note" and had played with the county panel to the under-16 level. He said at one point he would have hurled with some of the players on the current senior county team.
Mr Bowman said his client was sorry for what had happened and had turned a corner in his life.
Judge Martin Nolan said Joyce had committed damage to the property in a "very disgusting way" and that the robbery was "very serious".
He sentenced Joyce to a total of three years and nine months but suspended two years of the jail term.