Rob­ber used sy­ringe threat in raid on café

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

A MAN threat­ened a ter­ri­fied cof­fee shop as­sis­tant with a sy­ringe and claimed he was HIV-pos­i­tive dur­ing a rob­bery, a court has heard.

Rai­nis Koovit, 21, bran­dished the sy­ringe when try­ing to grab a tip jar at Kaph Café in Drury Street, Dublin 2. He told an em­ployee he would ‘stick it into her’ if she tried to stop him, be­fore mak­ing off with €20 worth of for­eign cur­rency, Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court heard.

Koovit, of Bru Hos­tel, Thomas Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to rob­bery of cash and to pro­duc­ing a sy­ringe with in­tent to cause in­jury or in­tim­i­date on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2017.

Judge Karen O’Con­nor said the fact that he was on bail and had been or­dered to stay out of the Dublin 2 area was an ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor. She sen­tenced him to three years in prison with one year sus­pended.

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