Man at­tempted bank rob­bery with kids in car

JAILED FOR FOUR YEARS AT CIR­CUIT COURT

Bray People - - NEWS -

A MAN who had two chil­dren in his car when he took part in an at­tempted rob­bery was jailed for four years at Wicklow Cir­cuit Court re­cently.

Christo­pher Hef­fer­nan (37), 2 Bell­camp Grove, Coolock, Dublin 17 pleaded guilty to the at­tempted rob­bery of the EBS, Church Road, Greystones on July 19, 2010.

The court heard that Hef­fer­nan en­tered the EBS with an­other per­son.

Em­ployee Lor­raine O’Reilly was work­ing in the branch and saw two peo­ple ap­proach the front door and buzzed them in.

As she did they came run­ning in and started shout­ing. One man, not Hef­fer­nan, jumped over the counter shout­ing ‘give me the money’ and this man had a gun in his hand.

Ms. O’Reilly said the money was on a time lock and couldn’t be ac­cessed.

When she told the man this he said ‘it’s in the ma­chine let’s go’ and both men ran out of the branch.

Ms. O’Reilly then pressed the panic but­ton and the court heard no money was taken dur­ing the at­tempted rob­bery and the whole in­ci­dent lasted about one minute.

Ms. O’Reilly said she was in fear for her life and the gun had been pointed at her dur­ing the rob­bery.

De­fend­ing coun­sel Mr. Lynch, BL, said Hef­fer­nan wasn’t the in­sti­ga­tor of the at­tempted rob­bery and although the chil- dren were in the car Hef­fer­nan had a lov­ing re­la­tion­ship with his chil­dren.

He said the fact the chil­dren were in the car shows there was no pre­med­i­ta­tion to the rob­bery.

The court heard the death of Hef­fer­nan’s fa­ther when Hef­fer­nan was 17 years old had had a ‘very sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on him’ and saw him turn to drugs.

Judge Michael O’Shea said Hef­fer­nan acted as a look out man dur­ing the at­tempt- ed rob­bery. He said Hef­fer­nan’s two chil­dren were in the get away car which was driven by the other man in­volved.

He said Hef­fer­nan had a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing and was at­tempt­ing to deal with his drug ad­dic­tion.

How­ever he said the at­tempted rob­bery was a se­ri­ous of­fence.

He sen­tenced Hef­fer­nan to four years im­pris­on­ment which he back dated to May 16, 2011.

EBS Greystones where the at­tempted rob­bery took place.

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