A man with “notoriety attached to his name”, has been given a four-year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for attempting to rob a female doctor in the city centre two years ago.
Ronaldo Felloni (aged 31) of Tusker Rock, Custom House, IFSC, pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of the woman on North Frederick Street on September 9, 2009.
Judge Yvonne Murphy imposed a four-year sentence suspending the last two years of it on condition that Felloni, who is a drug addict, enters a residential treatment centre on his release.
Judge Murphy noted he had “many convictions” and had been in the circuit court a number of times but that he entered a plea of guilty and saved the victim from coming to court.
She said there had been no injury or gain from the incident but that it was very frightening for the woman.
Garda Mark Deasy told Mr Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, Felloni had 62 previous convictions going back to 1997 including five for robbery.
He told the court the woman said she felt somebody wrench her handbag from behind and she started to scream.
Two men including an off-duty garda who had been watching intervened to help the woman who was in a tugging match with Felloni.
The woman said she was afraid he would produce a knife and she said she needed her mobile phone as she was on call. Gda Deasy said Felloni had no knife.
Felloni was arrested and taken to Fitzgibbon Street garda station where he was interviewed and made admissions.
He told gardaí he needed money for heroin and said he was an addict since he was 12 years old.
Gda Deasy agreed with Mr Michael Bowman BL, defending, Felloni was “from a well-known family in the inner city” and “there was a certain notoriety attached to his name”.
Mr Bowman said in mitigation that Felloni’s upbringing was challenging, he had spent 17 of the last 22 years in custody and had been in the custody of the state since the age of nine.
He also said he was receiving help for his addiction and was on methadone.