Robber used syringe threat in raid on café
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.