A 21 year old man who robbed a local shop to get money for St Valentine’s Day, was last week given a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence at Dundalk Circuit Court. The court heard Conor Tuite with an address at Glenwood, Dundalk had provided a hatchet that was produced during the incident, at Joan’s Stores on the Avenue Road on February 13th 201.
The court was told last Thursday that two young men entered the shop around 4.40pm. One initially bought a mineral and a bar of chocolate and they left but they returned shortly afterwards and one of them took out a hatchet from under his hoodie and told the shop assistant to open the till.
The court was told Conor Tuite was standing look-out at the door but then went behind the counter and took approximately €300 euro in notes from the cash register.
After his arrest, the accused initially said he knew nothing about the robbery but then admitted being involved saying he did it to get money for St Valentine’s Day. He later told gardai he had previously found the hatchet at a building site. He also claimed he had been intimidated by the other person
The Defence barrister said her client – who had no previous convictions, had self-referred himself for treatment in relation to his addiction to benzodiazepine at the time.
The court heard he has since returned to education and hopes to become an apprentice mechanic and had been assessed as being at low risk of reoffending.
Judge Michael O’Shea imposed a sentence of two and a half years but suspended it on Conor Tuite entering a €200 bond to be of good behavior for three years.