Court told defendant tried
to rob pizza delivery man

A man who accepted a food order from a pizza delivery man later tried to rob the driver of money and the keys to his car, Dundalk district court heard last week.

A man who accepted a food order from a pizza delivery man later tried to rob the driver of money and the keys to his car, Dundalk district court heard last week.

The court was also told that Michael Murden (20) with an address at Ashling Park Dundalk was found in a car which was stolen the day after its keys were taken in a house burglary.

Insp. Martin Beggy told the court last Wednesday that the occupant of a house in Castleross heard a noise downstairs around 2.30am on January 23rd last and discovered a man half-way out the kitchen window.

He didn’t realise until his car was stolen the next day, that the keys had been taken in the break-in.

Insp. Beggy said that a driver for Domino’s pizza delivered an order to an address in Ashling Park the following morning around 1.30am and the person who answered, took possession of the food and then closed the door.

The driver said he was going to call the guards and went back to his car.

The court heard a man wearing a scarf to cover his face, then appeared and demanded money and the keys to his car but the scarf fell from his face and the driver recognised the man as the person who’d taken the pizza.

Just over an hour later gardai came across the accused who was a passenger in the car which had been stolen in Castleross.

He initially claimed he didn’t know it was stolen but later made full admissions.

The court also heard that on two different dates in July the accused had stolen packs of beer from Maxol on the Castletown Road on three separate occasions - two of which on the same day, and at the start of the month had poured residue from two pumps onto the forecourt, setting it alight. Insp. Beggy said the clean-up cost for that criminal damage incident was €100

When asked if his client had any objection to a remand in custody for a month, the Defence solicitor told Judge Flann Brennan he did not - and wants to get treatment for his addiction and is awaiting assessment.

The case was put back until October 1st.