Pregnant shop assistant refused to hand over money to robber

A shop assistant who was five months pregnant refused a 21-year-old man’s demand for money even though he produced a weapon in the course of an attempted robbery, Dundalk Court was told.

A shop assistant who was five months pregnant refused a 21-year-old man’s demand for money even though he produced a weapon in the course of an attempted robbery, Dundalk Court was told.

Daniel Curry (21), Simon Community appeared on the attempted robbery charge which took place at the XL Stop and Shop store at Jocelyn Street on August 15 last.

The court was told that defendant had entered the shop and produced the weapon although he did not use it. The assistant refused to hand over any cash. Defendant was later identified from CCTV footage.

It was claimed that a knife had been produced but the knife could not be linked to the defendant, the court heard. Separately, the defendant had burgled a house at Steeple View, Dunleer and taken the keys of a van which was later recovered in Drogheda.

Solicitor Conor MacGuill said that the offences had been committed during a period when defendant was on drugs. He had entered the Cuan Mhuire centre and had completed an addiction rehabilitation course there. He was now engaged in an after are programme. “He intends not to come before the court again”, Mr MacGuill said.

Judge Flann Brennan expressed surprise that this type of case (attempted robbery) was being directed into the district court. He said that this would not have happened a few years ago when cases like this would have been directed into the higher court [which have the power to impose longer sentences].