SHAMELESS STAR JAILED Bad boy actor is caged for robbing Moneygram shop
A BRIT telly bad boy who fled to Ireland to avoid a brutal gang has been jailed for robbing a cash depot.
Promising actor Craig Fitzpatrick won admirers after landing a bit part in Channel 4 show Shameless and playing bad boy Lewis Seddon in BBC1 soap Waterloo Road.
But the 25-year-old has been locked up for six months after holding up a Moneygram branch in Limerick.
Fitzpatrick, originally from Manchester, acted as lookout for an accomplice who, while armed with a knife, threatened a woman working in the premises on August 15, 2009.
The pair made off with a haul of £4,200 before being arrested by police, a court in Limerick heard.
The judge described the robbery as “a crime of violence”. But the court did not, however, learn of Fitzpatrick’s troubled past.
It can now be reported that he had once been a member of an infamous gang led by kingpin Domenyk Noonan. That relationship was to go violently wrong when Fitzpatrick was caught stealing from Noonan, 47, via newly-installed CCTV cameras at the gang’s base in Moston, Greater Manchester.
And Noonan admits Fitzpatrick suffered a beating for it, telling investigative journalist Donal McIntyre: “He fell down the stairs. He fell up and down the stairs. He threw himself against the mirror and he slammed himself against the door. He looked like he’d gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson.”
The attack is said to have taken place in 2007, shortly before Fitzpatrick starred in Waterloo Road.
He has not set foot in Manchester since.
I SAW a clown doing sit-ups. Funny how things work
out.” BAD BOY: Fitzpatrick on the show