Violent Limerick criminal jailed for six years

A violent Limerick criminal has been jailed for six years for attacking and falsely imprisoning a hotel night manager.

Kenneth Noonan, aged 30, of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to robbery at the Limerick City Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn) and assaulting the night manager, Rafael Zipagan.

During the incident, Noonan held a syringe to Mr Zipagan’s throat, the court heard. Garda Donnacha Coakley said he was on duty in Henry Street station at around 3am on May 6, 2015, when a man in a very distressed state ran into the public office.

He told them the hotel, located near the Garda station was being robbed by a man with a knife. Garda Coakley ran to the hotel with a colleague. He saw a man with a green hoodie run out the front door and head towards Shannon Bridge. He gave chase and eventually caught up with this man, the accused.

Noonan threatened him with a syringe and threw a metal cash box he took from the hotel at him. Garda Coakley drew his baton and used pepper spray before he eventually overpowered Noonan in a struggle.


Lifestyle

Venetia Quick, co-founder of ‘Grief Encounters’ tells Ruth O’Connor that there is no right or wrong way to grieve the death of a loved one.Grief Encounters: Podcast opening up conversation about bereavement

Once again for this week’s review I was reminded about the quality of Irish meat — and yet it seems the meat processors expect our farmers to produce it at a loss.Restaurant Review: Mister S, Camden St Upper, Dublin 2

Your guide to what's going on in the gardening world this week.Gardening notes: Your guide to what's on

I went to Holy Faith in Clontarf in Dublin and I still have a big group of friends from school. These days, like most people, we use a WhatsApp group to communicate!School Daze with Nadia Forde: I wish I had embraced my differences at school

More From The Irish Examiner