Robber swung meat cleaver at gardaí

A judge has commended the “extremely brave and impressive” efforts of gardaí to catch a robber who swung a meat cleaver at them.

Gardaí Cathal McGeoghan and David Currivan were manning a checkpoint in Crumlin, Dublin, when they heard two armed men had just entered a nearby shop.

The gardaí chased the men in their car and on foot and used pepper spray on several occasions when it appeared they were going to be attacked. One man was arrested while another was spotted by the Garda helicopter hiding in a garden.

Judge Elma Sheehan yesterday remanded one of the robbers, Ciaran Kenny, aged 20, in custody until October for sentencing. His co-accused is being dealt with separately. Kenny, of Lourdes Rd, Maryland, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and production of a meat cleaver in Crumlin on November 30, 2015.

Garda McGeoghan told prosecuting counsel Eilis Brennan that Kenny and his accomplice entered a shop with their faces covered. Kenny had a meat cleaver while the other man had a metal bar. They threatened the cashiers before escaping with nearly €400.

The two gardaí arrived in a patrol car as the men left the shop. Garda McGeoghan pepper sprayed the men while sitting in the car as he was in fear of his safety. The robbers fled and Garda McGeoghan chased them on foot while Garda Currivan tried to cut them off in the patrol car.

Defence counsel Jonathan Moore said his client pleaded guilty at an early stage. He said despite his 20 previous convictions, Kenny had the capacity to reform himself.


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