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Holiday for robber would be 'disastrous', says judge

A robber will not be going home for Christmas this year because his release from jail would "be a disaster for himself and everyone else" according to Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A robber will not be going home for Christmas this year because his release from jail would "be a disaster for himself and everyone else" according to Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Thomas McDonagh (aged 31), of Rathmenten Close, Jobstown, Tallaght, who has 46 previous convictions, mainly for theft related offences, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of €400 of Ly La Zhing in College Street, Dublin on August 5 2007.

Judge Hogan told single man Thomas McDonagh: "You are certainly not going to be released for Christmas. That would be a disaster for you and for everyone else."

He remanded McDonagh in continuing custody until next February when he will finalise sentencing and ordered a probation report for that date.

Judge Hogan said he was concerned about McDonagh’s convictions. "In view of the high number of convictions and the number of jail sentences you have received it is obvious that custody isn’t working for you."

Defence Counsel Luigi Rea said that it was the duty of the court to help a prisoner to escape from a life of crime. He said that on reaching 31 years of age his client had confessed that he no longer wanted to be involved in criminal activity.

Judge Hogan replied that last July the accused was released from jail and within a month he had committed the above offence.

Garda Lorna Cox told Ms Melaine Greally prosecuting, that Ms Zhing took €400 from an ATM and was walking up Dame Street when McDonagh grabbed her by the wrist and shouted "give me your wallet you fucking bitch".

Four men who witnessed the attempted robbery then grabbed McDonagh and managed to restrain him until gardaí arrived.

Mr Rea told Judge Hogan that his client left school at 11 years of age without any qualifications. He said that most of McDonagh’s behaviour was influenced by his alcohol addiction.

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