Teenager who robbed bookies with air-gun to be sentenced

Teenager who robbed bookies with air-gun to be sentenced

A YOUTH, who admitted possessing an air-gun during a burglary at a Dublin bookmakers, is to be sentenced in December.

Andrew Khumalo, 19, of Botanic Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin, was remanded on continuing bail to allow time for a pre-sentence probation report to be prepared.

His case is being heard at the Dublin Children's Court because his co-defendant, who was given a four-month sentence last month, was a minor.

Mr Khumalo, who is originally from South Africa, had already been charged with burglary at Boylesports on Main Street in Swords on February 9th last.

An additional charge under the Firearms Act was put to him for producing the air-gun which was capable of causing serious injuring, in a manner likely to intimidate during a burglary.

Garda Adrian Cahill said the youth "made no reply" when the new charge was put to him. The 19-year-old, who has five prior convictions for motor theft, knife possession and dangerous driving, a pleaded guilty to the charges today..

The court has been told that specialist Garda negotiators were called out during the incident.

It was alleged two youths were discovered after the alarm activated. They fled the bookmakers which was closed at the time and got onto the roof of an adjacent building but refused to come down, the court has heard.

Negotiators from Harcourt Square Garda station were called out and after five hours the pair agreed to come down. The weapon was later recovered from the roof, the court has been told.

Judge John O'Connor heard that Khumalo is now taking part in an educational course.