Man waved iron bar in shop theft
A Dundalk man who made off with a bottle of water and two packets of crisps from a garage store after waving an iron bar at a shop worker was given a three year prison sentence at the Circuit Court last week.
Michael Murden (22) with a previous address at 529 Aisling Park, was before the court in relation to an incident on October 15th, 2015.
The court heard that Murden was ‘ heavily intoxicated’ and wearing gloves when he approached the overnight window at the Mace shop at the Maxol station on the Castletown road at 2.45am.
He approached the latch and asked for a bottle of water and two packets of crisps. But when the staff member returned to the window with the goods, he said he had no money to pay for them.
He produced an iron bar and started ‘waving it around’ and the court heard ‘prodding’ the window.
The accused made off with the goods, but shortly afterwards gardai arrived and arrested him.
The court was told that Murden was known to the gardai and had a series of previous convictions for offences ranging from assault to theft and burglary, car theft, blackmail and extortion and criminal damage.
Barrister, Derek Kenneally, said his client was from a well known and respected family. He had left school at 16, and had no employment history. He also has a four year old daughter. Mr. Kenneally said a feature of the offending behaviour was that his client would be intoxicated during them.
He added that his client wanted to apologise sincerely for his actions, to the owner of the Maxol station, and the staff member, who has since left his employment there.
The court was also told that Michael Murden has been in custody for this offence since June 2016.
Judge Michael O’ Shea outlined the nature of the crime, saying that it appeared there had been little or no planning involved, as the accused had not covered his face.
But he said that it was terrifying for the staff worker to be confronted with a man waving or ‘prodding’ an iron bar.
Judge O’Shea acknowledged that the accused had pleaded guilty to the offence, and was currently in custody.
He handed down a three year sentence, with the final 12 months suspended, taking into account time already served.