A store security man awaiting sentencing for two robberies carried out two further robberies — one in Midleton and the other in Youghal — and also squeezed in a fortnight’s holiday in Turkey with his girlfriend.
Sgt Kieran O’Sullivan gave evidence yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where Andy Kelly was jailed for three years for his crimes and had a further three years suspended.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin noted the submissions made by defence senior counsel Tom Creed that Kelly had a serious gambling addiction.
Sgt O’Sullivan said that Kelly has been working as a security man in a number of stores around Cork City. However, he could not pay for his gambling addiction out of his wages and resorted to crime.
It emerged that following two robberies carried out while brandishing a knife the defendant brought his girlfriend to Turkey for a fortnight’s holidays.
He was arrested on his return but subsequently got bail and carried out the other two robberies.
Kelly was living at an address at Gurranabraher Avenue, Cork, at the time.
He went to Halford’s at Mahon Point on August 10, 2015, and carried out a knifepoint robbery. Days later he turned up at Ulster Bank in Blackpool and committed a similar crime.
That bank robbery made headlines at the time when gardaí revealed that they had good CCTV footage of the man who held up the bank and they also said the culprit in the Ulster Bank robbery in Blackpool would struggle to wash off the security dye which discharged from the cash bag. They appealed at the time for neighbours or friends who noticed someone covered in the distinctive purple ink to contact them.
Kelly later pleaded guilty to the crime. He also admitted the Halford’s robbery. He was remanded on bail.
Sgt O’Sullivan said that since then Kelly carried out a robbery at Iceland on Distillery Lane, Midleton, and at McCarthy’s shop on Tallow St, Youghal.
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