Scissor-wielding teenager who tried to rob Cork store avoids jail


A teenage boy with scissors tried to rob a store in Cork, shouting, ‘Give me everything you’ve got,’ but the man behind the counter pulled out a piece of garden hose and kicked the young man out. store.

Detective Garda Brian Holland testified in Cork Circuit Criminal Court that Trevor O’Sullivan arrived at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 for his attempted theft at the XL Gala store on Old Youghal Rd.

The young man was wearing a distinctively patterned jacket and when Gardaí examined CCTV they identified him. He was still wearing the jacket – and still carrying the scissors with the black handle – when they arrested him the next day.

The teenager told Gardaí that he had a drug debt of € 700 and that is why he attempted the theft.

Detective Gda Holland accepted defense attorney Sinead Behan’s argument that O’Sullivan was under the influence of intoxicants at the time. However, he added: “He knew what he was doing.”

Ms Behan said: “He has had a few chaotic years, but he is now approaching his difficulties. He appreciates the seriousness of the incident and how scary it was for the saleswoman.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin noted that the accused had spent a number of weeks in pre-trial detention on this charge of attempted theft and had also gained knowledge through counseling.

The judge imposed a two-year suspended prison sentence on the 18-year-old accused who has no fixed address.


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