Thug who swung meat cleaver at garda is jailed
A robber who swung a meat cleaver at gardai attempting to catch him has been given a three and a half year sentence with the final nine months suspended.
Judge Elma Sheehan commended the “extremely brave and impressive” efforts of gardaí to catch Ciaran Kenny (20).
Gardaí Cathal McGeoghan and David Currivan were manning a checkpoint in Crumlin, Dublin when they were told that two armed men had just entered a nearby shop.
The gardaí chased the men in their car and then on foot and used their pepper spray on several occasions when it appeared they were going to be attacked. One man was arrested by Gda McGeoghan while another was spotted by the garda helicopter hiding in a back garden.
Kenny, of Lourdes Road, Maryland, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery and production of a meat cleaver in Crumlin on November 30, 2015.
Judge Sheehan imposed a three and a half year sentence and suspended the final nine months on condition he engage with the Probation Service. She ordered that any time in custody be taken into account.
Gda McGeoghan told prosecuting counsel Eilis Brennan BL that Kenny and his accomplice entered a Spar shop with their faces covered. Kenny had a meat cleaver while the other man had a metal bar.
They threatened the cashiers before escaping with nearly €400. The two gardaí arrived in a patrol car as the men left the shop. Gda McGeoghan pepper sprayed the men while sitting in the car as he was in fear of his safety.
The robbers fled and Gda McGeoghan chased them on foot while Gda Currivan tried to cut them off in the patrol car. Kenny and the other man were seen throwing away coins and their face masks as they ran.
The garda car cut them off near-by and the men turned and raised their weapons. Gda McGeoghan pepper sprayed the man with the iron bar, who he believed to be the bigger threat. This man was arrested while Gda Currivan chased Kenny over a wall.
The garda lost sight of him but the garda helicopter was overhead and spotted Kenny hiding in a garden. He was arrested shortly afterwards and the meat cleaver was found nearby.
Defence counsel John Moher BL said his client pleaded guilty at an early stage. He said that despite his 20 previous convictions, Kenny still had the capacity to reform himself.
Mr Moore said he was instructed to convey his client’s apologies. He said Kenny was a father of a four year old child and no longer wanted to live a life going in and out of custody.