OAP’s knife at­tacker caught on Crime­call

Irish Daily Mail - - World News - By David Raleigh

A MAN who threat­ened a 78-year-old woman with a large butcher’s knife dur­ing an at­tempted robbery was iden­ti­fied from footage on the RTÉ Crime­call pro­gramme.

Sady Frahill was mind­ing her nephew’s shop in Lim­er­ick when Dale McNa­mara threa­thened her with the knife and told her to ‘open the f ***** g till’.

When Ms Frahill shouted for help, McNa­mara ‘ran at speed’ from the shop, empty handed. CCTV footage from the shop’s se­cu­rity cam­eras was later broad­cast on Crime­call.

McNa­mara’s neigh­bours told him they’d seen him on Crime­call car­ry­ing out the robbery and some­one con­tacted gar­daí.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rest, McNa­mara, 28, with an ad­dress at Cos­grave Park, Moy­ross, told gar­daí that he was so strung out on drugs, he could not re­mem­ber try­ing to rob the shop at Ger­ard Street, Lim­er­ick city.

Mr McNa­mara pleaded guilty at Lim­er­ick Cir­cuit Court to one count of at­tempted robbery on 19 April, 2017.

Defence bar­ris­ter Jack Ni­cholas, BL, said McNa­mara’s ad­mis­sions were very help­ful to gar­daí. De­tec­tive Garda Fer­gal Han­ra­han gave ev­i­dence, un­der cross ex­am­i­na­tion, that the CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent was of ‘ex­cel­lent’ qual­ity.

Judge Tom O’Don­nell re­marked: ‘Is this the same CCTV footage which led to half the neigh­bour­hood iden­ti­fy­ing [McNa­mara]?’

Sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed to June 1.

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