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Thursday 14 December 2017

Robber had fists raised to fight staff in off-licence

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.
The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

A YOUNG man roared and shouted abuse at off-licence staff before he and an accomplice grabbed a slab of beer and ran from the shop, a court heard.

James McDonagh (20) had his fists raised and was ready to fight off-licence staff who claimed they were in fear of him.

Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence suspended for two years.

The judge said he believed McDonagh was "out of control" and at a high risk of re-offending.

The defendant, of St Mary's Park in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to robbery at O'Brien's, The Crescent in Mulhuddart on April 26, 2014.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said McDonagh and a second man came into the shop roaring and shouting at staff and took 20 bottles of beer, worth €15.

Sgt Doherty said McDonagh had his fists raised ready to fight, and staff were in fear of him.

She said the beer was not recovered.

The court heard McDonagh has 22 previous convictions, and is currently serving a six-month sentence.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said McDonagh is the youngest of 11 children and comes from a large Traveller family in the Finglas area.

His mother was in court to support him, said Mr Fleming.

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