Wednesday 16 October 2019

Brothers jailed for service station robbery

Byrne's Service Station on Distillery Road, Wexford.
Byrne's Service Station on Distillery Road, Wexford.

TWO WEXFORD town brothers have been sentenced to three years in prison having pleaded guilty to the robbery of a service station in the town.

Trevor Doyle and Darren Doyle, both of Brendan Corish Gardens, Wexford town, pleaded guilty at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Sheila Byrne of €1000 cash at Byrne's Petrol Station, Distillery Road, Wexford, on February 3, 2015.

They further pleaded guilty to burglary at Mace, Bull Ring, North Main St, Wexford, on January 27, 2015.

Det. Garda Dan O'Sullivan told the court that the robbery occurred at Byrne's Petrol Station in Bishopswater at 7.50p.m. when two males entered the shop and demanded cash from Sheila Byrne. One of the defendants pulled a knife while the other defendant had a wrench in his hand. They pulled the cash register from the counter and fled the shop, running in different directions.

Det O'Sullivan also said that Mrs Byrne followed one of them with the result she was able to identify him to the gardai as Darren Doyle.

Darren Doyle, he said, was arrested, and brought to Enniscorthy Garda Station. He said that Darren Doyle had a 12" wrench while Trevor Doyle carried the knife.

When interviewed in Enniscorthy Garda Station, Darren Doyle made a full admission and co-operated fully. During the course of the interview he also admitted committing the burglary at Mace premises on North Main Street, where they smashed open the door with a hammer, stealing cigarettes to the value of €300.

He also said there was some confusion over the amount of money taken from Byrnes, the accused said the amount was between €100 and €150, while the injured party said it was about €1000.

Det O'Sullivan told Judge Barry Hickson that Sheila Byrne did not make a victim impact statement.

He said that Darren Doyle had previous convictions.

Defence Counsel, Aoife O'Leary, said that Trevor Doyle was not arrested at the scene. On hearing of the arrest of Darren Doyle he volunteered that he was the other party involved and went willingly to Wexford Garda Station with Garda Burke. He co-operated fully with the gardai.

She said that Trevor Doyle went behind the counter with the knife in his hand. While it was frightening for Sheila Byrne the defendant did not intend using it.

Judge Hickson said the knife speaks for itself.

Ms O'Leary said that Trevor Doyle has been in custody since February 4 last.

Ronan Prendergast, Defence Counsel for Darren Doyle, said he is a 24-year-old man, adding that the Probation and Welfare report was not a good report for him. The defendant, he said, had had a difficult childhood which cannot be overstated, with he result he suffered childhood trauma. He suffered from abuse resulting in him running away from his home at the age of 15, leading to him starting with the misuse of substance and alcohol.

He also suffered from depression while he attempted on two occasions to take his own life. He is the father of four children while he has engaged well in the Midlands Prison.

Ms O'Leary said that Trevor is 22 years of age, adding that the situation in the family home did not make for pleasant reading for it appeared there was violence in the family home.

As a result he was overwhelmed by events in the family home. According to the probation and welfare report he also has had attempts on his own life. She said it was a very amateurish robbery as they had no vehicle involved.

Judge Hickson said that they both pleaded guilty to the two offences before the court. They had been very frank in their acceptance when interviewed by gardai while they had co-operated fully.

While it may have been very amateurish, he said, Sheila Byrne was not to know the knife was not going to be used. He said he was saddened by the life they have had to lead having read the report, while there is also a high risk of re-offending.

He sentenced both defendants to three years in prison, with the final year suspended on their entering a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years.

He took the burglary charge into consideration. He also said that Darren Doyle's sentence would be back dated to April 10 last, while Trevor Doyle's sentence would be backdated to February 4 last.

Wexford People