Man pleads to attempting to rob local shop

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Man pleads to attempting to rob local shop

A Portarlington resident has pleaded guilty to attempting to rob a local shop.

Kamil Cruk, Ballymorris Manor, Portarlington, is charged with attempted robbery from the Polish shop on the Link Road, Portarlington, on February 20; and theft from Centra on February 19.

At the recent sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court, the accused entered a guilty plea to attempted robbery, at the Link Road, Portarlington, on February 20, 2018.

He also pleaded guilty to theft, at Centra, Main Street, Portarlington, on February 19, 2018.

This related to the theft of tin foil and a muffin.

When the robbery charge first came before Portlaoise District Court in February, 2018, Garda Adrian Corcoran gave evidence that he arrested the accused at Ballymorris Manor, Portarlington and the accused made no reply when charged.

Garda Corcoran gave evidence that on February 20, it was alleged the accused entered the Polish shop on the Link Road, Portarlington, produced a knife at the female shop assistant and demanded money.

The assistant fled to the back of the shop and the robber fled the scene.

Bail conditions were imposed in the district court, that the accused observe a curfew from 9pm to 8am; he provide the gardaí with a mobile phone number; he stay out of the Polish shop and the Centra store in Portarlington; and he stay away from drugs and alcohol.

After the accused was arraigned on the two charges at the circuit court last week, defence barrister, Ms Lousie Troy requested a probation report on the accused.

The matter was adjourned by Judge Keenan Johnson to June 19 next for sentencing.

A probation report was directed on the accused andJudge Johnson also requested a victim impact statement in relation to the attempted robbery.