Man gets four years for attack

A man who beat an elderly trophy-maker with his own trophies before robbing him of IR£130 has been jailed for four years by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A man who beat an elderly trophy-maker with his own trophies before robbing him of 'the princely sum' of IR£130 has been jailed for four years by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Anthony Carrick, aged 24, of Knowth Court, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to robbery of the 60-year-old trophy-maker on July 10, 2000 at Curragh Trophies, Oatfield Industrial Estate, Clondalkin.

Carrick also pleaded guilty to stealing the man's car on the same occasion, as well as being a passenger in a car hot-wired and stolen by an accomplice from a parking area near the Booterstown Dart Station on April 11, 2001 and to burglary from the Donnybrook Church later on the same day.

The 24-year-old father of two also received a concurrent two years sentence for the Church burglary and two 18-month sentences for the car offences.

Garda Paul Sheridan said Carrick had entered Curragh Trophies while the trophy-maker was busy working in the shop.

Initially he pretended he was looking for work but then picked up a drill part in the work area and began threatening the shopkeeper.

The victim tried to call 999 and a struggle ensued between him and Carrick who then picked up a two feet marble trophy and began beating him on the head with it.

He was also hit chest with the heavy object several times.

Garda Sheridan said the trophy-maker, who had begun to fear for his life at this stage, picked up a small letter-opener knife and managed to make a gash on Carrick's right arm with it.

Carrick dropped the trophy then but demanded the trophy-maker give him money. He gave Carrick IR£30 who said it was not enough and demanded more.

He then showed Carrick a small cash box which he bashed open.

He took the £30 in it before dragging the elderly man, small in stature with a height of about 5ft, into a downstairs toilet.

When Carrick was locking him in the toilet the man asked Carrick to leave his mobile phone with him so that he could call for help when he was gone.

Carrick refused the request saying he would make a call for help on his behalf.

Garda Sheridan said he failed to do so and the trophy-maker shouted and screamed for help from the toilet until his neighbours heard him and came to his rescue.

He was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he received 19 stitches to his wounds. Doctors reported that he had sustained several heavy blows to the back of his head and chest.

Before leaving he took the victim's car keys and used his car to leave the industrial estate. In his haste to get away he almost crashed into another car.

Garda Sheridan said although the victim had recovered physically from the wounds he still suffered psychologically from the experience.

A widower prone to hill-walking as a hobby, he had become more introverted and suspicious of his customers.

Gardaí who received the report of a car stolen near Booterstown Dart Station in the evening of April 11, 2001 saw it on Rock Road and chased it to Merrion Road.

Carrick's partner who was driving it rammed the car into the garda who had chased them in a car but was on the footpath at this stage.

They then abandoned the car and ran into a nearby garden where they 'lay low' for about 30 minutes.

Both of them then went to Donnybrook Church where they robbed coins from the collection box. The church sacristan saw the two men leaving the church and getting on a bus immediately outside.

Gardaí arrived on the scene as they got on the bus and arrested them at the next stop.

Ms Mary Ellen Ring SC, Carrick's counsel, told Judge John O'Hagan that Carrick had been institutionalised from the age of 10 when he had got involved in crime.

Although he had 22 previous convictions, Mr Ring said, it was not for crimes committed within a short period of time, but from the time he was 10 years old.

He had spent time in industrial school, in Trinity House and then in St Patrick's Institution.

Ms Ring said Carrick's background was tragic and he became involved in drugs as a result of the criminal company he had kept since such a young age.

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