Limerick man jailed for eight months for assault

A Man who threatened a security man with a screwdriver after robbing a shop in Limerick city has been jailed for eight months.

A Man who threatened a security man with a screwdriver after robbing a shop in Limerick city has been jailed for eight months.

Dermot Boland, Maple Court, Kennedy Park, Limerick, threatened to stick the screwdriver into the security man's neck if he didn't let him go, Limerick District Court heard.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing two sports watches from Guiney's Shop on William Street on December 4 last year and also admitted being in possession of a screwdriver contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act on the same date.

Judge Tom O'Donnell heard evidence that a security man stopped Mr Boland on Erson's Lane after he had taken the watches from Guiney's Store.

The defendant produced a six-inch screwdriver and threatened to stick it into the security man's neck if he didn't let him go, the court heard.

Mr Boland made his escape by running through Colbert station and onto the railway tracks before he was apprehended.

The court was told the 25-year-old was a heroin addict whose life had become dysfunctional since he witnessed his father being stabbed to death near their home in Kennedy Park six years ago.

Judge O'Donnell imposed two eight-month sentences on both of the charges and ordered that they be served concurrently.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Mr Boland has appeared before Limerick District Court on theft charges.

Last month he was also jailed for eight months for a number of offences that took place in February of this year.

At the time the court was told that Mr Boland had amassed some 35 previous convictions over the past number of years, most of which were for theft related offences.

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