Court hears re­morse­ful Byrne made no money from rob­bery

Bray People - - NURSERY & MONTESSORI -

JOHN BYRNE didn't re­ceive any money from the rob­bery of Braud­ers Shop Wick­low Cir­cuit Court heard last Fri­day.

Acting for Byrne (20) Michael O'Hig­gins, SC, said Byrne came from a ‘de­cent, re­spectable, hard work­ing fam­ily. His ac­tions were vol­un­tary but he is not a hard­ened crim­i­nal'.

He said the pro­ba­tion re­port in­di­cated Byrne was at ‘ low risk of re­of­fend­ing'. He said Byrne was 18 at the time of the of­fence while the other youth was 19 years old at the time.

He said Byrne didn't re­ceive any money from the rob­bery and this was con­firmed by Sgt. Conor McEvoy. Mr. O'Hig­gins said Byrne was one of nine chil­dren and he had left school at the age of 17 years hav­ing be­ing ed­u­cated lo­cally.

Byrne then went to work in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try with his older brother and he had brought the van for work. He said one of the rea­sons he was in­volved in the rob­bery was be­cause he had ac­cess to trans­port.

‘ The ev­i­dence sug­gests he was re­cruited by an­other in­di­vid­ual,’ said Mr. O'Hig­gins. He also said Byrne was aware the other youth was car­ry­ing a knife when he got back into his van ‘and there is no get­ting away from that'. How­ever, he said Byrne had no ‘ knowl­edge that the knife might be used to ac­tu­ally as­sault any­one' and said his coac­cused is cur­rently fac- ing a charge of mur­der.

He said Byrne is ‘deeply re­morse­ful for his ac­tions and this is re­flected in the pro­ba­tion re­port. He con­tin­ues to feel a great sense of shame aris­ing out of what oc­curred. He has a strong in­sight into his ac­tions in the sense that he played a role in the events which un­folded. He has a guilty con­science for play­ing a role where a shop keeper is now de­ceased.'

Mr. O'Hig­gins said Byrne was also aware that how­ever badly he feels about it ‘it doesn't come close to what his (Mr. Deasy's) rel­a­tives have to bear on a daily ba­sis.'

John Byrne.

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