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'bab boy 'Amateurish' man who tried to rob kebab shop jailed for five months

Hanna told staff at Jav's Moghul Kebab Shop he had a knife, but police only found a broken piece of tile on him


Craigavon Magistrates Court

Craigavon Magistrates Court

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A west Belfast man who tried to rob his local kebab shop in an “amateurish” offence was handed an 18-month sentence today.

Craigavon Magistrates Court heard that when 21-year-old Daniel Hanna went into Jav’s Moghul Kebab Shop as it was closing, he had not made any attempt to cover his face and after threatening the member of staff “open the till, I have a knife", he crossed over the road and just stood there, staring at the man he had just threatened.

Hanna, from Glenburn Manor in Dunmurry, was still there when police arrived but when he was arrested, he repeatedly struggled with officers, damaged the police vehicle and was found to have a small bag of cannabis in his pocket.

Prosecuting counsel Ian Tannahill said although no knife was found, Hanna was found to have a broken piece of tile in his pocket.

Interviewed without a solicitor, Hanna made “full and frank admissions” to what he had done and later entered guilty pleas to attempted robbery, causing criminal damage, possessing cannabis and four counts of assaulting police.

Mr Tannahill revealed that Hanna had had “his card very strongly marked” three weeks before the botched robbery when he was given a three month sentence which was suspended for a year.

Defence counsel Natasha Fitzsimmons conceded that he was in breach of that suspended sentence and further that Hanna “is under no illusion” as to the likelihood of going to jail.

She highlighted however that at the time his life was “spiralling out of control” and he was in the midst of severe drug addiction after three close friends had tragically died by either suicide or overdose, adding that since the incident, Hanna had not committed any other offence and had taken steps to address his drug addiction.

Imposing an 18-month sentence comprising of five months in jail and the rest to be served on licence, Judge Patrick Lynch QC said the courts had warned “time and time again” that small businesses like this would be protected.

He also imposed a further two months for the breach of the earlier suspended sentence, ordering that to be served consecutively.

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