Man jailed for eight years for Limerick robbery

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for carrying out an armed robbery on a businessman and his family at their home in Co Limerick.

Declan White of Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary was also found guilty of the false imprisonment of the family in September 2007.

At Limerick Circuit Court today Judge Carroll Moran said it must have been an "horrendous experience" for the family who were tied up and locked into a hot press.

On the night of September 19, 2007 a gang of five men, armed with guns and a crow bar, entered the home of Seamus Morrissey in Lissard, Galbally, Co Limerick, tied him up and put a gun to his head

demanding to know where the money was in the house.

Mr Morrissey was a major supplier of casino machines at the time and had €14,000 in cash in a safe at his home.

The raiders also kicked in a door to a bedroom upstairs and forced Mr Morrissey's wife and two young daughters downstairs.

Before fleeing with the €14,000 the gang tied the family up and locked them in a small hot press.

In a victim impact statement Mrs Morrissey said the robbery had left its mark on all of the family and her daughters have received counselling.

Mr White, who continues to protest his innocence despite allegedly admitting the crime to gardaí, was jailed for eight years.

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