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Man held up hotel with scalpel

A HOMELESS man who robbed a school book shop and a hotel with a scalpel has been jailed for two and a half years.

Peter Byrne (44) with a former address at Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at School Supply Centre, Village Green, Tallaght and Abberley Hotel, Belgard Road, Tallaght on November 29 and 30, 2014.

Byrne told Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he was ready to change after spending 26 years of his life in jail.