SHAME­LESS STAR JAILED Bad boy ac­tor is caged for rob­bing Moneygram shop

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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

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