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Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

Darragh Nugent of James Connolly Park, Clondalkin, charged with attempted robbery and producing a kitchen knife.

A TEENAGER has been spared jail after trying to rob a workman of his ladder.

Darragh Nugent (19) pointed a kitchen knife at the victim and tried to take his ladder as he worked in the estate where the accused lived.

The victim and a local resident pinned an intoxicated and crying Nugent on the ground until gardaí arrived.

Judge Gerard Jones gave him a one-month suspended sentence after hearing the victim had "sympathy" for the accused and did not want to "make things worse for him".

Nugent, of James Connolly Park in Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to producing a knife and attempted robbery on August 17 last year.

Garda David Sheedy told Blanchardstown District Court Nugent had tried unsuccessfully to take the ladder earlier, then returned and took out a nine-inch kitchen knife.

The court heard Nugent was being restrained and crying when gardaí arrived.

The property and knife were recovered and no injury was caused. Nugent had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Sandra Frayne said Nugent was under the influence of a number of drugs at the time.

Gda Sheedy said there was evidence of drug use and the accused sought medical attention at the garda station.

Ms Frayne said the accused was highly intoxicated and crying, having been overcome and pinned down by a local man who was trying to calm him down.

The victim, in his 50s, was "sympathetic" and did not want to make a complaint, saying "the young man needs help, I don't want to make things worse for him. I just want to forget the matter".

Ms Frayne said Nugent had since made a lot of efforts to change his life.

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Judge Jones asked if he had swung the knife and Gda Sheedy said a "gesture was made" but there was considerable distance between him and the victim.

The judge suspended the sentence for two years.

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