Hero garda praised for tackling armed man
A JUDGE has praised a garda for his bravery in chasing and an arresting an armed robber.
Garda Martin Egan spotted Ronald Emmett (36) running from the EBS in Killiney, Dublin and Barry O'Brien, the manager, following quickly behind.
Emmett had his face partially covered and Gda Egan saw he was carrying a gun.
He ordered the raider to stop running and chased after him when he refused, ultimately tackling him and arresting him. The gun later transpired to be an imitation.
Emmett of Cloonmore Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and possession of a realistic imitation firearm on December 12, 2013. He robbed €153.59 after threatening cashiers with a gun that was wrapped in a yellow duster.
Gda Egan told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that Emmett approached a cashier with his hood up before he shouted "fill it. Press no buttons" and handed over a bag.
Mr O'Brien tried to edge Emmett towards the door and the raider left the shop with a small amount of cash.
Mr O'Brien then gave chase which was when Gda Egan intervened.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a sentence of four years consecutive to a five-year term Emmett is currently serving. The final two years of the sentence were suspended after she noted Emmett's intention to become drug free.