Six year sentence despite intervention by Limerick Parish Priest

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsSix year sentence despite intervention by Limerick Parish PriestBy Staff Reporter – May 5, 2016 1799 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Previous articleMissing Limerick teen found safe and wellNext articleAdult time out with the Corner Boys of Kilmallock Staff Reporter Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Fr Tony O’Riordan, Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Church, Moyross.A YOUNG Limerick offender who was told he could live at the home of a parish priest to help him stop offending has been jailed for six years for his role in the robbery of €80 in coin.Christopher Higgins, (20) pleaded guilty to the robbery of a man during the early hours of St Patrick’s day last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the hearing of evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, Detective Garda John Keane said that at around 12.50am on March 17, 2015, the victim had parked his car on Pery Square when Christopher Higgins and another man got in to the car.The other man who was in the back seat, held a knife to the man’s throat while shouting “where’s the bleeding money”.20-year-old Higgins was in the front seat shouting, “where is it”.The money was stolen from the driver along with a wifi dongle.As they left the victim, Christopher Higgins told the victim to keep his mouth shut.Prosecution counsel John O’Sullivan BL said CCTV footage had tracked the defendant from his home at Parnell Place to the scene of the crime on Pery Square.After the evidence was given, Moyross Parish Priest, Fr Tony O’Riordan told Judge Tom O’Donnell that he hopes his efforts to help the 20-year-old offender would get him back on the “straight and narrow”.Fr O’Riordan gave an undertaking that he would do his best to help the young man and that he would house him if necessary and encourage a work ethic and help him pursue job prospects.However this Tuesday, Judge O’Donnell imposed a six year sentence on Christopher Higgins, suspended the final two years for a period of six years.Backdating the sentence to the date when Higgins was remanded in custody, Judge O’Donnell said that this was clearly a “premeditated attack, and one that was very frightening for the victim.Referencing a victim impact statement, he said that the attack “shattered the victim’s confidence in people – something that he hasn’t been able to get over up until very recently when Higgins’ co-accused pleaded guilty to the offence”.“The victim still has nightmares of what was clearly a very frightening incident,” Judge O’Donnell remarked. Print TAGSFr Tony O’Riordanjaillimerickrobbery WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more