Man Gets Suspended Sentence For Robbery with Syringe

A man threatened a worker with a syringe during a restaurant robbery and told her she would get AIDS unless she handed over money.

Gary Canning received a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning for the robbery of an Abrakebabra restaurant on Harcourt Road, Dublin and possession of a syringe on 17 March 2013.

Canning, 44, of Haven House Hostel, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to the charges on 21 February 2014 and apologised to the worker.

Gardai who arrested Canning after the incident recovered €400 from him.

Defence counsel James O’Brien said Canning’s circumstances changed when he lost a leg in a traffic accident late last year. Mr. O’Brien said that although Canning was a long-term heroin addict he is now dealing with his addiction.

The court heard that the probation service is willing to work with Canning and that he is on a methadone maintenance programme.

Defence counsel James O’Brien said Canning’s circumstances changed when he lost a leg in a traffic accident late last year. Mr. O’Brien said that although Canning was a long-term heroin addict he is now dealing with his addiction.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that she had to consider the seriousness of the offence and that it happened in a busy public place. She noted that Canning cooperated with the Gardai and pleaded guilty early in the proceedings.

Judge Ring sentenced Canning to three years in prison for robbery and two years in prison for possession of a syringe, to run concurrently. Judge Ring suspended the sentences for three years, on the condition that Canning completes 12 months of supervised probation and undergoes drug treatment and regular urinalysis.

Dad Will Spend Wedding Day In Prison

A father spent his birthday in court today and will miss his wedding next year after being imprisoned for possession of stolen property.

Joseph Boswell, 25, of Cushlawn Park and Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, was sentenced to two and a half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The court heard Garda Paul Carney was observing a car in Aylesbury, Tallaght, on 11 December 2014, which was stolen three weeks earlier during a house burglary. Garda Carney saw Boswell approaching the passenger side of the car and another man approaching the driver’s side.

The men fled when Garda Carney approached the car and identified himself. Boswell was later found hiding in the shed of a nearby house.

When questioned, Boswell admitted he knew the car was stolen but said he did not know it was stolen during a burglary.

The court heard Boswell has 112 previous convictions but according to defence counsel Suzanne Gunn, these are for minor traffic offences. Ms. Gunn said her client was only known to Gardai in relation to these types of offences.

Garda Ceimin Ryan confirmed this when giving evidence. He said the defendant was helpful when arrested and that the main target of the surveillance operation was the other man involved.

The court heard Boswell has 112 previous convictions but according to defence counsel Suzanne Gunn, these are for minor traffic offences. Ms. Gunn said her client was only known to Gardai in relation to these types of offences.

Ms. Gunn said the defendant previously had a €400 per day cocaine habit but is now in drug counselling. She asked for leniency on the basis that his wedding was booked for June next year and he is trying to provide for two children.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she had to take account of the number of previous convictions the defendant had, regardless of the fact that they were for lesser offences. The judge said the defendant continued to flout the law and noted that on 16 June 2014 he was disqualified from driving for 40 years.

Judge Ring did recognise that the defendant assisted Gardai and pleaded guilty on 30 June 2014. She encouraged him to continue on the right track and backdated his sentence to his plea date, with the final 12 months suspended on condition he keeps the peace when released.

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