Post office raider held knife to throat of man (83)
A first-time offender who held a knife to the throat of an 83-year-old pensioner during an attempted post office raid will be sentenced in October.
Dean Creedy (28) handed himself into gardai nine days later, after seeing CCTV from the incident on RTE's Crimecall.
Detective Garda Dominic McGrath told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Creedy saw a preview of the programme just before the 9pm news and called his parents.
He attended his local garda station shortly after the programme aired.
Creedy told gardai that he started using cannabis to self- medicate after taking himself off antidepressants.
He owed €600 to his dealers and was under threat to pay off the debt so he decided to rob the post office.
The court heard that the victim did not tell his wife or children about the robbery. He told gardai that he suffered no injuries and just wanted to put the matter behind him.
Creedy, of Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to attempting to rob the post office on Ballymun Road on November 11, 2017.
Judge Melanie Greally remanded him on continuing bail and adjourned the case to October 17 for sentencing.
She said it was "an outrageous incident based on the age of the victim".
Referring to the pensioner, Judge Greally said: "He is someone of considerable fortitude."
Det Gda McGrath said the victim had just collected his pension when Creedy stood beside him, held a knife to his throat and told the postmaster he would cut the man's throat if money wasn't handed over.
The postmaster said he could not open the safe and Creedy ran out.
Det Gda McGrath said Creedy told officers that, days previously, he had tried to take his own life because of the pressure of the drug debt.
John Moher BL, defending, said his client was previously of good character and was ashamed of his actions.