Man caught burning cash after armed robbery
A MAN who robbed a convenience shop while in possession of an air gun and was in the process of burning €2,200 in cash when gardai arrived, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Derek Cooling (29) and another man entered the More For Less store and pointed the air gun at a female employee standing behind the counter, shouting: "Open the till or I'll blow your head off."
Cooling, of Old Church Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of the shop in Bawnogue Shopping Centre, Dublin 22, on July 18, 2016.
Sentencing him, Judge Patricia Ryan said it was a crime of violence that was planned and pre-meditated. She noted a weapon was used and the victims feared for their lives during the robbery.
She handed down a sentence of five years, but suspended the final two-and-a-half years.
Garda Barry O'Shea previously told Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, that the cashier opened the till and handed over €2,200 in the drawer. A manager was hit on the head with the gun during the robbery.
Gda O'Shea said gardai followed a bloody trail left by one of the raiders who injured himself during the robbery.
The court heard gardai entered the house and found Cooling and another man burning items of clothing and the cash.
Kitty Perle BL, defending, said Cooling was heavily intoxicated at the time of the robbery.
"The fact that the men were burning the cash when gardai arrived at the house defies all logic," she said.