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'explosive outbursts' Robber (29) who threatened to 'smash knife on' shop worker's head jailed for six months

Evan Molloy was jailed for six months after a court heard he made the threat while stealing a box of drinks

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Evan Molloy

Evan Molloy

Evan Molloy

A convenience store robber threatened to "smash a knife" on a terrified shop worker's head in a "particularly nasty" crime, a court heard.

Evan Molloy (29) was jailed for six months after a court heard he made the threat while stealing a box of drinks.

Sentencing him, Judge Marie Quirke said while Molloy was prone to "explosive outbursts" due to an acquired brain injury, that did not justify his actions.

Molloy, of Sheriff Street Lower, pleaded guilty to robbery.

Dublin District Court heard he went into Spar on Portland Row at 6.30pm on December 29, 2019.

He stole a box of alcoholic drinks worth €25 and when approached by security staff and the manager, he became threatening and intimidating.

Both parties believed he had a knife in his hand at the time, and the security manager believed his life was in danger.

A victim impact statement was submitted to the court.

Having read this, the judge said the crime was "particularly nasty, threatening to smash a knife on their head".

Molloy had 99 previous convictions for offences including assault and threatening to kill, the court heard.

His lawyer accepted Molloy's previous record was "not a pretty picture".

"It's an appalling picture," Judge Quirke said.

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Molloy had had a chaotic upbringing and suffered a "catastrophic injury" in a road crash in 2015 which left him in a coma, his solicitor said.

The accident had a lasting impact and he was "prone to explosive outbursts".

The accused had little or no recollection of the robbery but accepted what happened when shown CCTV. He could not believe he said the words to the victim and apologised.

Molloy was now serving a sentence, was particularly vulnerable in prison and was subjected to assaults.

"Now he knows what it feels like," the judge said.

She had sympathy for anyone with difficulties but said it did not justify terrifying people.

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