A pensioner withdrawing €200 cash from an ATM in Cork city was shocked when a young man snatched it from his hands and ran away with it and today the culprit was jailed.
The victim said the last thing he expected on reaching the age of 65 was that he would be looking over his shoulder and nervous about coming into town.
He indicated today that he has changed his shopping habits and is reluctant to come into Cork city as a result of the crime against him.
Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a sentence of 19 months today on Mark Duggan, 37, of 65 Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork, who admitted the theft.
Duggan appeared at Cork District Court by video link from prison and pleaded guilty to carrying out this theft and other crimes.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said that last month, on September 15, the 65-yer-old man was making a withdrawal from his account at the ATM of the Ulster Bank in the middle of St. Patrick Street, Cork.
“He had just removed €200 when a male approached from over his shoulder and snatched the money from his hand.
“When CCTV was examined Mr Duggan was identified,” Sgt. Davis said.
A short time later at Boots pharmacy on St. Patrick Street he stole a pair of sunglasses.
In an earlier shoplifting incident at JD Sports on the same street Mark Duggan went in and removed nine Manchester United jerseys valued €720. On that occasion he was followed by a security man. Duggan dropped the bag and left the scene. The stolen property was recovered.
In one further shoplifting incident on August 1 – again at the same Boots outlet – the same defendant stole €84 worth of property.
Sgt. Davis said the defendant had 248 previous convictions including 109 for theft and numerous other theft-related offences.
Defence solicitor, Diane Hallahan, said the defendant wanted to apologise in particular to the man whose cash was stolen at the ATM and she said that it was not a crime that was planned in any way prior to it occurring.
Similarly, she said the shoplifting offences were unplanned.
“I would ask you to take this into consideration and the fact that he suffers addiction problems,” she said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said, “This was a 65-year-old man taking his money from the Ulster Bank when he was grabbed from behind and his money was taken. He got a huge shock and said he badly needed this money. He does not feel safe anymore. He doesn’t go into town as much. It has changed how he feels going into town. It is not how he expected to feel at 65.”
The judge imposed nine months on the accused for the shoplifting and a consecutive sentence of ten months for what he described as the most serious offence – the theft of cash from the man at the ATM.