Post office raider is given jail time
A DUBLIN man who pleaded guilty to the robbery of a Post Office in Campile has been sentenced to four years in prison with the final three years suspended.
Denis Clarke (37), of 10 Abbotstown Drive, Finglas, Dublin, pleaded guilty before Judge Barry Hickson at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of €1,700 in cash from Teresa Barron at Campile Post Office on March 1, 2010.
Investigating detective Dave Flynn told the court that shortly after 2p.m. on March 1, 2010, the defendant entered the small post office in Campile, which was empty at the time. The defendant approached the post mistress, Ms Teresa Barron, produced an imitation firearm, shouting 'give me the money'.
Det Flynn said the defendant struck the glass panel with his elbow before pushing open a side door, while Ms Barron escaped out the front door, warning people not to enter. The defendant, he said, broke the glass leaving with approximately €1700.
He left the scene, going to a house where he asked that a taxi be ordered. He was taken to Enniscorthy by taxi where he was later arrested. Once arrested the defendant made a full admission while the money was recovered. He was later brought before the court and remanded in custody.
The defendant, said Det Flynn, had previous convictions.
Replying to defence counsel Olan Callanan, Det. Flynn said he would have known the defendant from the Campile area where his parents retired to. He also agreed that the defendant had a significant drug addiction particularly in relation to heroin.
In relation to another matter, Mr Callanan told the court that on June 12 last Judge Martin Nolan had imposed a two-year prison sentence that was backdated to February.
Prosecuting counsel Sinead Gleeson said this offence occurred while he was on bail.
Judge Hickson said as a result he would have to impose a consecutive sentence.
Judge Hickson said he would impose a consecutive sentence of four years, but would suspend the last three years, on the defendant entering a bond to keep the peace for three years.