Man avoids jail for spate of robberies committed in 2009

Patrick Anderson was handed a suspended sentence
Patrick Anderson was handed a suspended sentence

A recovering drug addict has received a suspended five year jail sentence for robberies committed six years ago.

Patrick Anderson (47) was on bail for an earlier armed robbery on a Spar shop when he threatened staff in a hairdressers. 

Anderson robbed €1,817 from the busy hairdressers on the last Saturday before Christmas 2009.

He was identified from CCTV footage and gardaí questioned him about the robbery three days later.  He was released and the next day he hijacked a car by threatening the owner with a screwdriver.

Anderson drove away in a dangerous manner until crashing the car into a tree. He was then arrested.

In 2011 Anderson of Snowdrop Walk, Darndale, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of €300 cash and €399.60 in cigarettes from the Spar shop in Raheny on April 28, 2009.

He also admitted robbery at the hairdressers in Coolock on December 19, 2009 and taking a Nissan car by force from Joe Ennis at Martello Road, Portmarnock, Dublin on December 20, 2009.

Anderson has a number of previous convictions including robbery and drink driving.

At the time Judge Yvonne Murphy adjourned sentence in order to have Anderson urine tested for drugs. After Judge Murphy’s retirement Judge Mary Ellen Ring took the case on and put it back again for a Probation Services report.

Today Judge Ring imposed a two year sentence for the first robbery. She imposed a consecutive sentence of three years for the other offences and suspended the entirety of the sentence on condition that he co-operate with the Probation Service for one year.

Judge Ring said this supervision may include Anderson taking part in drug treatment and rehabilitation.

By Declan Brennan