A woman who stopped to assist a man on the side of the road was the victim of a hijacking and yesterday the sentencing judge said the case was too serious to impose sentence without giving it further consideration.
Judge Gerard O’Brien remanded Vincent Morey, aged 23, in custody yesterday until May 10 for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
The judge noted from the evidence of Det Garda Mick Dolan that this latest crime represented a serious escalation in Morey’s criminal behaviour.
A woman driving by Grenagh, Co Cork, came across a man standing at the side of the road and stopped to see if he needed assistance.
He produced a weapon and dragged her out of her car before driving away.
More, is from Gurranabraher and was living at an address at Bweeng in North Cork at the time of the January offence. The charges brought against Morey are that he took control of a woman’s car by threat of force at Grenagh village, produced a screwdriver that would intimidate a person, drove a car without permission of the owner, and stole property from four cars parked in the Grenagh/Bweeng area on January 13.
Morey was also before the court for a robbery at a shop on Blarney Rd in Cork on November 24, 2015.
Det Garda Dolan said the accused went to the Gala shop with a knife and threatened the woman who was working there.
She was six months pregnant at the time and she was very frightened. He got away with €150 in cash.
He was identified as the culprit with the help of CCTV some distance from the crime scene.
Mr O’Flynn said that the accused was remorseful and apologetic to the victims of his crimes.
He said Morey was now free of drugs.
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