Pizza thief nabbed by fingerprints he left on Coke bottle

Published 08/12/2015 | 00:00

A young Gorey resident who robbed a Dominos Pizza delivery man and took off in his car has been jailed for 16 months.

The court heard that gardai traced the crime back to Eric Sutcliffe (21) after he had left his fingerprints on a two litre bottle of coke at the scene.

The injured party's €1,300 car was found burnt out the next day and the insurance company wouldn't compensate him because of his job's nature.

Sutcliffe of The Park, Clonattin Village, Gorey pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing cash and car keys at Reuben Walk, Rialto, Dublin on November 3, 2013. He has 62 previous convictions, including road traffic offences and thefts.

Garda Colin Reynolds told Marie Torrens BL, prosecuting, that Sutcliffe picked up 58 of these convictions since the robbery offence date.

Gda Reynolds said the delivery man had been dropping pizza to an address on Reuben Walk when he was approached by three males, including Sutcliffe.

Sutcliffe took the car keys from the injured party's hand and drove off in the vehicle, which also contained €80 cash from that night's delivery takings.

Gda Reynolds said Sutcliffe was arrested the following April after the fingerprint results came back from forensics.

The garda agreed with Ronan Munro BL, defending, that his client had co-operated and entered an early guilty plea.

Judge Martin Nolan said he was taking into account Sutcliffe's admissions but imposed a two and a half year sentence with the final 14 months suspended.

Wexford People

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