Violent Portlaoise robbers jailed

Two Portlaoise “career criminals” have been jailed for a violent robbery from a 61-year old grandmother last year.

Two Portlaoise “career criminals” have been jailed for a violent robbery from a 61-year old grandmother last year.

Paul Houlihan and John O’Brien, both of Portlaoise were jailed for seven years and six years respectively at Portlaoise Circuit Court last week for the robbery at the Bothar Nua Centre, New Road, Portlaoise, on August 24, 2011.

Their victim was tied up with telephone cables and threatened with steel rods, in a terrifying aggravated robbery. The court heard that the women, who is grandmother of five children, was left in “a terrible state” by her ordeal.

During the raid she was tied to a chair and had a rag stuffed into her mouth, despite pleading with her attackers that she had suffered a stroke years before.

Describing the men as “career criminals and drug users”, Judge Rory McCabe said it was a nasty and inexcusable crime, one the victim was fortunate to have survived with less serious consequences.