A 19 year-old youth who attempted to rob a filling station with garden shears contacted the Gardai to say where he was.
Sean Carroll who was stated to be of no fixed abode entered Greenmount Filling Station at Mullen’s Cross, Castlebellingham on November 21st last. He placed the garden shears on the counter and asked the shopkeeper to “put your phone on the counter” which he didn’t do.
Conlon ran off pursued by another member of staff, Garda Inspector Martin Beggy related at Dundalk Court on Wednesday last where the defendant appeared in custody. He was remanded the previous Wednesday after being arrested and brought before the court. Barrister Irene Sands said as indicated Conon was pleading guilty. A request was made for psychiatric treatment and he had seen a psychiatrist the previous day but there was no report. Inspector Beggy said that when arrested the defendant had the garden shears. There was no objection to bail but he was remanded by consent in custody.
Miss Sands said that the defendant hadn’t been in trouble before. He was homeless and fell into bad company --somebody in the drug trade, which was the reason behind the incident. He thought he owed money and was under pressure to come up with a sum. His father was present and willing to have him back home. Judge William Hamill remanded the defendant with consent to bail in the sum of €500 to December 18 for a probation report to be prepared and for a psychiatric report. He directed he reside at his father’ address and sign on at Carrickmacross Garda Station three days a week, and behave.