Limerick would be the last place one English visitor would return to if he ever came back to these shores, a judge said yesterday.
Judge Tom O’Donnell’s comments came at Limerick Circuit Court on hearing of a terrifying attack during which a visiting businessman was lured into a shed and robbed at knifepoint.
A youth aged 17 pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning and robbing the victim of cash and other items.
Det Garda Barry O’Grady said Darren Jack had come to Ireland with four colleagues and were in Limerick promoting an upcoming visit of Circus Vegas.
While out drinking they sought to get to a nightclub. They met five males, who included the accused, and asked for directions to the nightclub. The group seemed friendly when they first met.
The UK group were then enticed into a housing estate on the pretext that the nightclub was located there.
They were then led into a shed where a knife was produced.
Mr Jack and his colleagues were terrified and one of the local group remarked, “You’re in my city now” and claimed to be in the IRA.
While in the shed Mr Jack’s pockets were searched and he was asked where their van was parked.
On being asked if he had a bank account, Mr Jack told gardaí he was so terrified he informed the group he would give them everything he had in his account.
They were walked into an alleyway and one of the local group said: “He saw our face. Kill him now.”
Mr Jack made a break for freedom after he was taken to a filling station and got a taxi to Henry St Garda Station.
There he told gardaí: “I thought I was going to be killed and never see my kids again.”
Mark Nicholas, defending, said what had occurred was a shameful matter.
Judge O’Donnell said he was very fond of his city, but the terror Mr Jack and his colleagues were subjected to was appalling.
He added: “I am sure that if they ever come back to return to these shores, I’m sure that the last place they will come to is Limerick.”
He adjourned sentence to February 7 and remanded the youth on continuing bail.
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