Two years jail for hatchet rob­bery

STOLE MONEY FOR DRUGS AND DRINK

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A BRAY na­tive re­ceived a two year sen­tence when he ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael O’Shea at Wicklow Cir­cuit Court re­cently.

Dar­ren Byrne (21) who is orig­i­nally from 69 Wolfe Tone Square North, Bray but who also spends a lot of time in Wex­ford pleaded guilty to rob­bery and pos­ses­sion of a hatchet at Bam­brick’s Newsagent, Ve­vay Road, Bray on March 25, 2011.

Staff mem­ber Trevor Led­widge said at 5.15pm on the day in ques­tion Byrne en­tered the shop with a hatchet ‘roar­ing and shout­ing give me the money’.

He was wav­ing the hatchet and slammed the hatchet down on the counter caus­ing it to be­come mo­men­tar­ily stuck there.

Mr. Led­widge and an­other staff mem­ber He­len Cane emp­tied their tills and gave it to Byrne.

He also no­ticed an­other man in the video shop side of the premises who ap­peared to be keep­ing watch.

A to­tal of €702.19 was stolen in the rob­bery.

CCTV was ex­am­ined and the two men were ar­rested.

The other man in­volved was Tier­nan Stokes who has also been dealt with by the courts. A hoody and some money had also been found dis­carded by gar­dai.

On his ar­rest Byrne ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing out the rob­bery say­ing ‘I was out of my head. It was the most stoned I’ve ever been in my life’.

He said he had thrown the hatchet away in a ditch.

Byrne said he had ‘ been in a dif­fer­ent world’ and had com­mit­ted the rob­bery ‘for drugs and more drink’.

The court heard Byrne has 28 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. He’s a Bray na­tive the court heard but spends a lot of time in Wex­ford.

The court heard Byrne is cur­rently serv­ing a sen­tence and is due for re­lease in Septem­ber 2013.

Act­ing for Byrne Gerry O’Reilly SC said Byrne had been tak­ing drugs since he was 14 years old.

He said Byrne had learnt a sig­nif­i­cant les­son and ‘ never wants to come be­fore the court again’.

Mr. O’Reilly said Byrne lacked ‘ma­tu­rity but the time in prison has helped him ma­ture’.

He said Byrne who is serv­ing his sen­tence in Wheatfield is cur­rently drug free.

Byrne, he said, had been ‘sub­jected to peer pres­sure in Bray and wants to get away from it’.

He said Byrne plans to re­join his mother in Wex­ford on his re­lease.

Judge Michael O’Shea said Byrne ‘ap­pears to have some in­sight into his be­hav­iour on the day’.

He said the rob­bery ‘was car­ried out in a fright­en­ing, ag­gres­sive and in­tim­i­dat­ing man­ner’.

He sen­tenced him to two years im­pris­on­ment for each of the charges and di­rected that both sen­tences run con­cur­rently.

On pass­ing sen­tence he told Byrne ‘you are not do­ing badly at all’.

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