Man told ‘don’t be a hero’ in armed robbery

A man with a gun to his head was told “don’t be a hero” during an armed raid. Yesterday, he settled his damages claim against a Dublin bookmaker.

Security worker Jim McDaid alleged the gun had been put to his head at the betting shop of Boylesports in Meakstown, Finglas, in November 2013.

In a claim for a maximum of €60,000 damages, Mr McDaid, represented by John Nolan, said he was playing a game at a counter when a number of armed robbers burst into the shop.

One of them had put a firearm to his head and told him, “don’t be a hero”, while other robbers waited for staff to give them cash before they would leave the premises.

Mr McDaid, of Melville Cove, Meakstown, alleged in his claim that the gunman with the weapon to his head had appeared anxious, out of control, and “trigger happy”. He alleged that afterwards he suffered nightmares. He claimed he had suffered nervousness at his work in a security cabin and felt increasingly insecure, but was not in a position to give up his job.

Barrister John Martin, defending, denied Boylesports was negligent or had breached any duty of care it owed to Mr McDaid.

Following settlement talks between Mr Martin and Mr Nolan, the court was told the case could be struck out with no further order. No financial details were disclosed.


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